Nurse to walk over burning hot coals for patients

A dedicated nurse is taking on the challenge of walking over fiery coals to raise money for the seriously ill adults and children her charity cares for.

Caroline Roy, a nurse on the adult in-patient unit at Keech Hospice Care in Luton, can’t wait to take on the charity’s Firewalk next month.

Caroline Roy

“I’ve taken on challenges for Keech Hospice Care before – including trekking across India. But walking across 12 feet of burning hot coals is something I’ve never done. I’m totally out of my comfort zone – but I say - bring it on! If it gets tough I’ll think of my patients and that’ll push me through,” said Caroline.

It’s hoped the event will raise thousands of pounds to help Keech Hospice Care continue to ensure adults and children who have a terminal or life-limiting illness get the excellent specialist care and support they need.

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Firewalk is the ultimate test of mind and body, with participants walking barefoot across 12 feet of hot coals, nearing 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Liz Searle, CEO at Keech Hospice Care, says it’s the first time a Firewalk has been held at the hospice itself.

“We really need everyone to show their love for Keech Hospice Care taking on this exhilarating challenge. It’s also a great opportunity to come to see the hospice for yourself and I promise you, Keech really is a hospice full of life. There’s no need to be frightened to visit here.

“By doing the Firewalk you’ll get an amazing adrenaline rush and be raising vital funds so our fantastic care team can continue to support seriously ill adults in Luton and south Bedfordshire and children across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes.

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“As a charity, around 70 per cent of our funding for our care services comes from the community and our supporters, so there has never been a time when your support has been needed more.”

To sign up to Keech Hospice Care’s Firewalk on Sunday 11 February visit www.keech.org.uk/firewalk or call 01582 707940.

Registered Firewalkers receive a medal on completion. Entry is just £25 for adults over the age of 18. Training begins at 4.15pm at Keech Hospice Care, Great Bramingham Lane, Luton, on the day and the Firewalk starts at 5.45pm.