Fire walkers raise thousands

Sally Brown walking on hot embers for the Society for the Blind

Sally Brown walking on hot embers for the Society for the Blind

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Fundraisers conquered a fiery path to raise money for two charities.

Brave volunteers raised £4,000 when they took part in a sponsored fire walk at the Whitcliffe Centre in Batley.

Thirty-five people walked across 20ft of wood embers burning at 1,236 degrees fahrenheit.

All proceeds will be donated to the Society for the Blind of Dewsbury, Batley and District and the Howland Centre for the Disabled in Dewsbury.

Soceity member Martin Eatherley was delighted with how well the event was supported by the community.

“We had a really good turn out and taking part was such a life changing experience,” he said.

“It is like walking on really hot sand, but once the adrenaline kicks in you are just focused on reaching the end.”

Volunteer Roger Tate added: “It is something to be proud of and at the end you felt like to have just climbed Everest. It is a great confidence boost and after it you feel like you can do anything.”

Kirklees Visual Impairment Network members David Quambry, Martin Webster and Janice Parr also took part.