Firewalking Fundraisers

Submitted to the Folkestone Herald

Thirty brave souls walked over hot coals to raise money for a charity providing mental health services in Folkestone and Hythe.

Over £5,000 has been raised for South Kent Mind through the fire walk at the Saga site in Sandgate, Kent.

Lucy Golby was the biggest fundraiser, raising £800 and winning the right to be the first to take on the challenge.

After the glowing embers were raked, participants removed their shoes and were asked to walk on the glowing embers.

Simon Dolby of South Kent Mind said: “We are so grateful to the bold supporters who took part in the firewalking challenge to raise money for our charity.

“This will make all the difference for us and will fund additional time for staff to devote to supporting people in need of help with anxiety and depression.”

South Kent Mind offers a range of services to support vulnerable adults, from school services, low cost counseling and awareness workshops for the workplace.

The event, sponsored by Saga, helped provide much needed funds for the charity.

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South Kent Mind has seen an increase in the number of people requiring its services since the start of the pandemic.

Mr Dolby says they are desperate for readers to volunteer to organize fundraising events for them or to donate.

To learn more about the charity, go here.

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