Fundraisers rise to the challenge

Mar 22, 2007

Volunteers have already enrolled to take part in events ranging from walking on burning embers to a parachute jump and treks in China and South America.

The Fire Walk takes place on April 27 at Shenley Leisure Centre where, after a motivational training session, brave volunteers will face the challenge of walking across 20 feet of wood embers burning at 1,200 degrees.

Willen Hospice supporter Mark Hoskins (pictured) took part in the Parachute Day last year and has urged would-be fund-raisers to follow in his wake.

He said: “The jump itself was unbelievable; I jumped from 13,000 ft and had a free fall for 5,000ft at an average speed of 120mph. The rest of the jump, with the chute open, was such a thrill – especially to see the landscape in a totally new perspective.”

This year’s parachute day takes place at Hinton Airfield, Brackley, on May 12.

The hospice has also organised a cycle ride from London to Paris on June 13-17 and treks to Peru (September 14-23) and China (October 4-13).

Hospice spokesperson Melanie Fletcher said: “You could make a significant difference to this well known local charity by supporting one of the above challenges.”

For more information on how to take part in one or more of the challenges, telephone 01908 306991.

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