Fundraisers brave fire walk for Welwyn Garden City-based charity

PUBLISHED: 16:29 06 November 2017

People walked across hot coals for charity. Picture: Roger Briffett

People walked across hot coals for charity. Picture: Roger Briffett

Roger Briffett 19 Bragbury Ln Stevenage SG2 8TJ

Brave Christians strode across hot coals to raise thousands for a Welwyn Garden City-based charity and those in need worldwide.

People walked across hot coals for charity. Picture: Roger Briffett People walked across hot coals for charity. Picture: Roger Briffett

With the help of fire-walking team Blaze, a 50-strong fundraising team from six churches in Welwyn and the surrounding villages went to Tewin Cowper Primary School to walk across a sizzling path in aid of Isabel Hospice and The Refugee Council.

Skin can burn at as low as 109.4°F and this path was heated to 1236°F - the daring participants had to walk quickly enough to be safe.

The organisers, called Welwyn Team, included rector Rev’d Dr David Munchin, minister Rev’d Sandie Beck, vicars Rev’d Philip Waller and Rev’d Susannah Underwood, and assistant curate Rev’d Dominic Holroyd-Thomas.

They are from St Mary’s Church in Welwyn, St Michael and All Angels in Woolmer Green, All Saints Church in Datchworth, Ayot St Peter’s Church in Tewin, and St Giles in Codicote.

Across this year Welwyn Team is arranging four events on the themes of joy, imagination, generosity, and courage. This event covered the latter.

Susannah said: “It was really good fun, it was a bit scary but everyone did it and everyone’s feet survived.”

She said they had a two-hour training session in readiness, where they were taught to walk about as fast as you would need to catch a bus without stopping.

Praising the event’s causes, she added: “You can’t help but be moved by the plight of so many homeless people across the world and Christians have a real sense of loving your neighbour and that’s not just your next door neighbour.

“We wanted to do something locally and something to help people further abroad.”

The exact fundraising number will be counted soon, but Susannah believes it is “several thousand”.

Earlier this year Welwyn Team hosted a gospel choir to celebrate joy, and an art, baking, crafts and woodwork event to explore imagination.

In the spirit of the final theme, generosity, all members of the congregations will be given some money and instructed to try find a way to increase the sum, which will then be donated to Christian Aid.

This idea is simulating Bible story Matthew 25:14-30, where Jesus hands out his property.

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