“We are magnificent! We are amazing! We ARE fantastic!” (strikes Peter Pan pose and puffs out chest.)
Yes, we did it again! This year we made sure our bonfire night went with a bang with a firewalk for the KIDS charity, which provides more than 140 services to disabled children, young people and their families.
It wasn’t the first time Firefly Communications had undertaken the firewalk challenge. The event, organised by the aptly named Blaze, took us through our paces with a series of motivational talks to get us in a positive frame of mind.
Hence striking the Peter Pan pose. Try it. Leg’s akimbo, hands on hip, heads up, chest out. Try telling yourself how fantastic you are today. Preferably not in a room full of strangers or on a crowded Tube.
It was Claire’s fault. Walker by name, walker by nature. She’s done it before but long enough to forget what it was like. But it was, she assured us, a cake walk - a mere 20ft of red hot embers ‘smouldering’ at 1,236 degrees Centigrade (human flesh burns at 300 degrees, Blaze reliably informed us).
So, with some trepidation and corn plasters at the ready, the Firefly team lined up to strut their stuff. We’d done it once and lived (well, one of us anyway), so why not do it again?
The motivational stress buster removed all tension – even though it was called ‘Learn or Burn’. We meditated, motivated and Elvis’d together. Yes, in a room full of strangers. That took almost more guts than the firewalking.
And then we were off, barefoot into the flames.
We counted them all in and counted them all out again. Unscathed, un-smouldered, un-corn-plastered, we hot-footed to the pub for a celebratory drink.
Well done to the team for helping to raise a whopping £3,514 for KIDS. This money alone can go a huge way to helping disabled children’s lives more fulfilling.
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So what’s next for Firefly? Diving with sharks? Skydiving? Bungee jumping from a crane? Challenge us here. We're always up for a laugh….