A group of brave volunteers are stepping out of the frying pan and into the fire for a special fund-raiser for a terminally ill Arbroath man.
On April 25 at the Lochlands grounds of Arbroath Cricket Club 40 people will walk barefoot through a pit of hot coals to raise awareness and funds for Keith Swankie and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) which is killing him.
The firewalk has been organised by Christine Esslemont and Robert Beattie, who have been surprised and heartened by the response.
Christine said: “It’s mostly family and friends but all of a sudden one night I had people calling me up and it just kind of took and before I knew it we had 40 people.
“When you’ve got 40 people doing it if they each manage to raise £100 that’s a lot of money.”
So great has been the interest that there is even a reserve list of eight people willing to ‘jump in’ should anyone drop out or get cold feet.
According to Christine support from Arbroath businesses has been very positive. She said: “All the local shops have been fantastic for raffle prizes and I’ve even got three items that were too big for a raffle and are going into an auction instead.
“We’ve got about 16 vouchers for hair, nails, takeaways, meals, all the shops have been great, we can’t thank them enough.
“The cricket club have been fantastic as well.”
Auction items include a £95 voucher for a photoshoot from Derek Rammage, a limited edition Angus McLichtie bear from The Tartan Artisan and a framed photograph from Christie’s Fine Art. Any items suitable for auction would be gratefully received, call Christine on 07947196622.
Asked what possessed them to do a firewalk Christine replied: “It was the fire that came first, a work colleague did one in Inverness and ever since I’ve always wanted to do one.
“Originally it was for Breakthrough Breast Cancer but it was when I saw Keith on the television that I decided to do it for someone local and to help his family and get the word out.”
For details search for Arbroath Charity Firewalk on Facebook.