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The heat is on for Joanne who gets ready to firewalk
2:01pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
THE hot topic in the Walsh household at the moment is mum’s next daring challenge.
Joanne Walsh is about to fulfill a burning desire to walk over red-hot embers in a firewalk organised by St Ann’s Hospice.
The mother-of-three swam in a lake on Boxing Day and has done a parachute jump so there is little chance of her getting cold feet when she walks bare foot over a 10-metre path of hot coals at Burnage Rugby Club, Manchester, on Thursday, October 31.
“I like to do exciting things although some people think I’m slightly bonkers,” admitted 40-year-old Joanne, who works as a PA. “I follow the hospice on Twitter and saw the advert for the firewalk and quite fancied it.
“I’ve had family and friends who’ve been treated at the hospice and know what a wonderful job it does and how much it relies on fundraising to keep going.”
Sons Jordan, 17, Joshua, 15, and three-year-old Oscar will be watching her steps closely, along with husband Richard who undertook a 60-mile run just last month in the Lake District.
Joanne, who lives in Urmston, said: “We both like to challenge ourselves and we always encourage each other. Before the firewalk there’s an hour of compulsory tuition and I am sure people wouldn’t do it if it was too dangerous.”
St Ann’s is looking for participants for the firewalk. The hospice’s events fundraising officer, Sarah Bennett, said: “It’s a safe activity if you know what you’re doing and experts will be on hand to train people. It’s a unique challenge and for a great cause.”
For more details contact the hospice fundraising team on 0161 498 3631 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is £25 with a minimum sponsorship of £75.
* The event starts at 7 pm and is open to over 18s only. For full terms and conditions go to www.sah.org.uk/firewalkterms.
Joanne signed up to the event during Hospice Care Week , which runs until October 13 and aims to raise awareness of the work of hospices throughout the UK.
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