Fundraisers will be given a warm welcome at a Firewalk being held in aid of a local hospice.

St Teresa’s Hospice is seeking brave souls to take on a sponsored challenge which will see them walking over hot embers for the charity, which cares for patients and carers across South Durham and North Yorkshire.

So far nearly 20 people have signed up for the event, which will take place at the Model T in Mowden, Darlington, on Friday February 23.

Those taking part include Hospice staff members Michelle Horner, Julie Cuthbertson and Sheila Dawson. Nurse Consultant Sheila was the first to sign up and has already raised over £300.

Michelle, Supporter Services Manager at the Hospice, said: “We’re always looking to try something new in fundraising. We hope this will give participants the opportunity not just to support their local Hospice but to undertake a challenge they wouldn’t normally do that will motivate and inspire them to achieve their goals. I wish all the entrants the best of luck, and I can’t wait to give this a go!”

After a motivational training session which will prepare them mentally for the endurance test, entrants will walk across 20 feet of wood embers burning at 1236 Degrees Fahrenheit without experiencing any pain or injury.

The event is supervised by specially trained operatives from organisers Blaze Fire Walking.

All participants are asked to donate an entry fee of £20 and try to raise at least £100 for St Teresa’s Hospice.

Spectators are welcome to cheer on those taking part. There will be fairground rides, hot food, and a raffle to keep people entertained all night long.

There is still time to sign up now at or by calling 01325 254321 for more information.