Robert’s hot date for charity

30/11/12 John Devlin. CUMBERNAULD. Tesco Graigmarloch. Cancer Research Fire Walk. 30 participants, including Gregg McClymont.

30/11/12 John Devlin. CUMBERNAULD. Tesco Graigmarloch. Cancer Research Fire Walk. 30 participants, including Gregg McClymont.

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An Arbroath man is getting hot, but hopefully not bothered, in aid of spina bifida, a condition which he himself suffers from.

Robert Beattie (33), a cook at Marco’s at the Shore, will be tackling a fire walk at Gayfield on Saturday, October 26, in aid of the Scottish Spina Bifida Association.

The former Arbroath High School pupil suffers from both spina bifida and hydrocephalus making this a cause close to his heart.

He said: “One of my friends had mentioned to me about doing a sky dive, but I’m too heavy so I thought I’m going to do something else, something completely different and I came across the firewalk.

“We tried everywhere and everyone was saying they couldn’t do it. I got in touch with Julie at Gayfield and she said we could use the grounds, but obviously not the pitch!”

He continued: “It involves walking over 20 feet of burning embers at roughly 1,235 degrees Fahrenheit.

“There’s a 90-minute workshop before the walk to tune your mind to go across without thinking about it. There’s a technique to it, or so I’ve been told!”

Robert, who is also a community ambassador for the Scottish Spina Bifida Association, hopes his determination will also attract some more volunteers and also some company sponsorship.

He said: “So far I’ve got about 12 folk involved but they were saying I would need roughly 30 to 35 to make it worthwhile.

“The event costs £1,500 to put on but it would mean everyone would have to have a minimum sponsorship of £150 to 200, so I’m trying to get a local company, or perhaps four or five, to cover that so all the money goes to charity.”

The event is being run by fire-walking company Soulfire, and the workshop is scheduled to start at 6.30 p.m. with the firewalk at 8 p.m. To take part call 07964965183, make a donation at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Arbroathfirewalk2013 or search Facebook for ‘Arbroath Firewalk 2013 for the Scottish Spina Bifida Association’.