26th February 2018

    Kent University step up to the challenge for Pilgrims

    Last year Pilgrims Hospices challenged people to face the flames at their inspirational Fire Walk.  Hundreds of supporters took part raising an incredible £61,000; enough to cover more than 3,000 of nursing care. This year, the ‘hottest, shortest sponsored walk in the world’ is back with an extra twist!

    Not only can you conquer your fears by walking barefoot over 800 degrees of red-hot wood embers, they’re offering the chance to test your nerves by facing the new Icewalk.  By putting mind over matter, you could achieve what would be seen to be impossible by walking barefoot across a bed of sterile broken glass.

    Pilgrims Hospices event organiser, Robert Grew, met with the University of Kent Sport team who will be hosting the Fire and Ice Walk at the University Sports Pavilion on 2 March.  Robert said: “It’s great to be working with Kent Sport again this year, the venue is just brilliant and with the addition of the Ice Walk it will really be a chance to test your inner strength. It’s going to add even more drama to this exciting evening event.

    “It’s such a confidence boost for the people who take part. Our brave firewalkers tell us how they are still buzzing from the experience weeks later. It’s something anyone can do with no previous training. More of a psychological challenge that physical, by facing the flames you’ll be raising vital funds for our hospices. With every single step, you’ll be making a difference to the lives of local people and their families who are in need of end-of-life care.”

    Everyone knows how important Pilgrims Hospices is to our community, we are delighted to be involved with the Free and Ice event.

    Phil Darrell-Smith, Marketing Manager for University of Kent Sport said: “Everyone knows how important Pilgrims Hospices is to our community, we are delighted to be involved with the Fire and Ice event.

    “We’ve already had lots of interest from the students and hope to be able to raise as much money as possible for local hospice care. There’s plenty of room for spectators, so why not get involved and bring your friends and family. With a breath-taking display from fire performer Paul Incredible just before the main event, they’ll be amazed as they cheer you across the coals and see what can be achieved.”

    Take on a Firewalk an Icewalk, OR BOTH, no previous training is required. With interactive training seminars with renowned motivational speaker and fire and glass walking expert Cliff Mann before the daring dash, we know you’ll feel fantastic once you’ve completed the challenge. After all, if you can achieve this, you can find the confidence to do anything.

    Fire & Ice Walk events are taking place in:

    Canterbury – Friday 2 March – Folkestone – Saturday 3 March – Ashford – Friday 9 March – Ramsgate – Saturday 10 March

    You can find out more and register at Fire and Ice or contact robert.grew@pilgrimshospices.org  01227 812609.

    Pictured above, Kent University Sports team Ollie Killner, Karen Drake, Nick Smith, Mariah Young, Phil Darrell-Smith, Aric Vadevallo, Linda Vernon with Pilgrims Hospices Event Organiser, Robert Grew.

    Each year Pilgrims supports hundreds of local people coping with a life limiting illness and their families. The charity offers a range of services: from end of life care given on its wards, to its Wellbeing and Social Programme supporting people after they are diagnosed to live well and stay independent.



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