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Meltham firewalkers raise charity cash - and plan to bust a world record

Hot coals a challenge for Meltham pub regulars

Charity fundraisers in Meltham braved hot coals to help young cancer patients.

And the zany stunt organised by staff and regulars at the Waggon and Horses proved such a hot success that they now plan to repeat it - and smash a world record.

They plan to set fire to the coals again in December and hope to have up to 1,000 people walking barefoot over them.

“It will be a great draw on the night we switch on the Meltham Christmas lights,” said local parish councillor Richard Noon, who was one of thsoe who braved the coals at the weekend.

“There was quite a bit of apprehension among those taking part but once they had a go they realised it was great fun”.

The coals were spread out in Clarke Lane, running alongside the pub, and large crowds turned out to watch the daring walkers.

They included pub licensee Pam Cox, who came up with the idea to raise funds for The Phoenix Foundation, which works with children suffering from cancer and their families.

“I gave it a go”, said Pam. “I must admit I was a little apprehensive before we started but the team running the event gave a full health and safety briefing and got us all in the right mindset.

“They convinced us that we were not about to get badly hurned.”

A firewalk for charity fundraisers from Meltham's Waggon and Horses pub

Mr Noon said: “I was the last to do it and I’d watched all the others.

“They had got us all in the mood for it and it went well.

“The only thing was that my feet were still tingling a good few hours later.

“We hope that if we get another event in December, we can get up to 1,000 people taking part and create a new world record. We are in touch with the Guinness people already”.

The weekend event raised more than £700 for the charity.



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