Military charity seeks brave
fundraisers to walk across hot coals
FIRE feet A military charity is joining
forces with Liverpool students to find brave "soles" to walk 15ft across
a smouldering bed of coals. The Blind Veterans UK Fire Walk held on 14 November
will be the 1st to be held in Liverpool, and is organised to follow,
Remembrance Day, on 11 November 2015.
The fire walk, held in partnership with the Liverpool Guild of Students, hopes
to raise more than £3,000 for vision impaired ex-Service men and women.
The fire walkers will cross coals that reach temperatures as high as 1,200
degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to melt aluminium. Yet it is perfectly safe,
fully risk assessed and open to ages 8 and over. All walkers will receive an
hour of training from UK Fire Walking, 1 of the UK's leading fire walk
companies and the organisers of the event.
Barbara Mitchell, 87, and from Deganwy, completed last year's fire walk with her
son and 2 grandchildren. She says:- "The logs were glowing and fiery,
but I felt totally confident doing the walk. The whole experience was great fun.
We did it 3 times, and the last time, we formed a conga line!"
Victoria Beech, Regional Fundraiser at Blind Veterans UK, said:- "We love
to be able to offer our supporters exciting ways in which they can fundraise for
us; what could be more exciting than overcoming your fears and crossing a
smouldering 15ft bed of hot coals?! We receive many donations from Liverpool and the Wirral, so we are thrilled
to give our supporters in the region an opportunity to fundraise for us, closer
to their homes."
Registration costs £10 and fire walkers must pledge to raise a minimum £50 in
sponsorship. Team entry is available and walkers can fundraise for any
registered charity of their choice. To find out more, email Victoria Beech on:-
firstname.lastname@example.org or call:- 01492 864574 to
obtain a registration and information pack.
The fire walk begins at, 4pm, on 14 November 2015, at the Liverpool Guild of Students,
Mt. Pleasant, L3 5TR and is open to all.
For fire walkers who can't make the 14 November 2015, Blind Veterans UK will be
holding another fire walk, in Llandudno, on 8 November 2015.
You can find out more information about Blind Veterans UK at:-
Thousands have their say
over St Luke's Church
MORE than 5,000 people have already
put forward ideas for the future use of St Luke's, known locally as the
'Bombed Out Church'. The survey is available
online and is open until the
end of September 2015. It asks people to complete a short set of
asks users their views on the role St Luke's should play in the future life of the
City Centre. It
follows a commitment from Mayor Joe Anderson to keep it in public ownership
and secure a viable future for the building.
The consultation is gauging views on how the 'Bombed Out Church' can be
preserved as a living war memorial, the type of events that should be held
there and what further facilities or possible development should be carried
out. The results will be used as the basis to make decisions in
relation to its future, which could include seeking expressions of interest
for the appointment of an occupier/operator to run the site in 2016.
The successful applicant will have to be able to demonstrate that they can
offer a viable future for the site, in line with the results of the public
Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Malcom Kennedy said:-
"This is an exciting phase in the history of Liverpool's famous Bombed Out
We have a great opportunity here to engage with the City to find out what
they want to happen at St Luke's, and to explore options for its future use.
Our aim is for St Luke's to be re-open in time for the new year, by when we
will be in a position to outline how we plan to give it a new lease of
The public consultation comes as the City Council prepares to commence
repair works to the structure of the Church. The £150k project; funded by
Liverpool City Council and Heritage England; will involve repairing and
replacing heavy stonework, meaning the site will be closed. The scheme was
postponed earlier this year to allow the summer events programme to go
club raises £196 for Community Link Foundation
A Community Link Foundation has
become the latest local charity to benefit from money raised by a popular
Southport business networking event. The Southport Business Club is an event
organised by local professionals from Moore and Smalley chartered accountants
and business advisers, Harbour Business Group, Birchall Blackburn Law and Royal
Bank of Scotland. The group brings together local businesses and entrepreneurs
in a relaxed and informal atmosphere to make new connections and create new
opportunities, as well as raising money for good causes. The latest event has
raised £196 for Community Link Foundation, which will assist anyone in Southport
and surrounding areas who require financial support in a number of ways. Whether
that be a parent with a child who requires assistance with a long term illness
or disease, a sports team in need of new equipment, or a community group that
needs financial support, Community Link Foundation help those who need it most.
Around 30 local business owners and entrepreneurs attended the latest event,
which was held at The New Ronnies. Danny Houghton, partner at Moore and
Smalley, said:- "The Southport business club, despite being in it's
infancy is already proving to be the networking event for local entrepreneur's,
the relaxed format, the quality of the attendee's and the charitable element
works for everyone. Each month we select a different local charity to raise
funds for, the Community Link Foundation is a great local charity and we all
firmly believe in what they are trying to achieve for the area."