Fifty people have raised thousands of pounds for Phoenix House by walking across 15 feet of burning embers in support of the charity's detoxification and rehabilitation programmes.
Participants raised £11,000 by collecting money ahead of last month's 'Fire Walk' challenge in Aldgate, London. The fundraising event received free advertising in the Evening Standard and mobilised many people, including Sue Nash, a businesswoman who raised £300 for the charity. "This was an intense experience and certainly added to the meaning of 'brisk walking'," she said. All participants received two hours of intensive training before tackling the embers.
Around 200 people have already expressed their interest in the charity's next challenge in November.