Chairman’s Charity Appeal heats up after recent challenge

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Fundraising for Somerset’s Chairman’s Charities has fired up following a special challenge last week.

Somerset County Council’s Chairman, Cllr David Fothergill, joined over 40 people who put their best foot forward and braved the heat for a unique Charity Challenge on Thursday 6 November at Taunton’s Wyvern Club.

The courageous charity champions took part in a firewalk and between them raised in the region of £2,000 for two charities – The National Autistic Society and the Somerset Trust for Arts and Recreation (STAR).

As the name suggests, a firewalk involves walking bare foot over red-hot wood embers with the heat reaching up to 800 degrees.

After taking part himself, David said: “Looking along 15 feet of burning coals and taking the decision to walk takes an awful lot of courage! I am delighted that all 43 Firewalkers successfully completed the challenge. It was a great achievement and they should be very proud of themselves.”

The Chairman launched the Somerset Chairman’s Charity Appeal last September, which aimed to raise £50K over four years for the National Autistic Society and STAR. It was announced in September this year that £25K had been raised in just one year!

There are lots of photos on our flickr account here.