Char­ity fire­walk­ers are hot to trot for the cause

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - What’s On - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

Twenty-one peo­ple risked burnt soles and toasty toes when they walked over hot coals at the week­end.

Fire­walk­ing ex­perts Blaze hosted the smok­ing event, held at the Beaver Inn, in Beaver Road, South Ash­ford, and pro­vided a dis­play of fire-eat­ing and fire-spin­ning while the brave walk­ers geared them­selves up for the hot trot.

The event, on Sun­day night, was held in aid of ASD (autis­tic spec­trum dis­or­der) Ash­ford, a char­ity which sup­ports families with chil­dren and young adults with autism.

Walker Pat My­ers said of the ex­pe­ri­ence: “As mum to an 18-year-old with ASD I’ve of­ten said walk­ing through fire, over bro­ken glass, on eggshells or a tightrope – while jug­gling – is daily life! “Now, I’ve done it for real.” Other ac­tiv­i­ties on the night in­cluded a bar­be­cue, a bouncy cas­tle and a stall sell­ing loom bands.

In to­tal, £1,000 was raised for the char­ity, which was founded by mum-of-two Sam Lean­ing, 38, in 2011.

Or­gan­iser Pete Urquhart-Sell said: “Ash­ford ASD and Sam Lean­ing have sup­ported us through a chal­leng­ing year.

“I had done a fire­walk be­fore and of­ten hear par­ents say they would walk on hot coals for their chil­dren, so we set them the chal­lenge”

“A big thank you to all the walk­ers and those who came to sup­port us.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the char­ity, based in In­ter­na­tional House, in Dover Place, go to www.as­dash­ford.com

A fire­walk was or­gan­ised on be­half of Ash­ford ASD char­ity at the Beaver Inn

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