We can now announce that the BYZ FireWalk team of 2013 have raised just over £6,000!!!!! This is a fantastic achievement and we’d like to thank not only those involved but also those of you that sponsored a fire walker. We couldn’t have done this without any of you.
41 brave soles walked across burning embers to raise funds for Blackburn Youth Zone.
The group which included Youth Zone Chief Executive Peter Little and the Dean of Blackburn, the Very Rev’d Christopher Armstrong, bared their soles in a fundraising firewalk led by Scott Bell, twice holder of the Guinness World Record for the greatest firewalking distance and founder of UK Firewalk.
The night had a tribal theme and the fundraisers and assembled crowds were treated to special bongo drumming performance by Zone members, with fundraisers having their faces painted with tribal patterns by young people.
Adding to the entertainment, fire poi (fire dancing) was provided by Zone dance worker Sara Carter.
Laura Jones, Events Manager at the Zone who also took part in the firewalk, said: “Immediately after walking on the coals, I did think it had hurt, but afterwards it actually felt prickly and no blisters at all!
“UK Firewalk were wonderful in their delivery of the event – professional at every level. I’d like to thank everyone who took part, every penny raised will be invested into making a difference to our town’s young people.”
Peter Little, Blackburn Youth Zone Chief Executive, added: “To have the support of not only fundraisers who took part in the event, but also of the crowds of parents, members and supporters who gathered to cheer on the Firewalkers was a great example of the community coming together to help raise funds and awareness of the Zone.
“We’d like to thank HSL for donating great lighting for the event, which helped create an extraordinary atmosphere.”
The firewalk was just one of a calendar of activities planned throughout the year to raise funds to invest in developing services at the Zone for the benefit of the town’s young people.
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