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Fundraisers can stand the heat

When it comes to fundraising for National Star, a group of 69 people have proven they can stand the heat by walking barefoot over hot coals at the Cheltenham-based charity.

Their efforts have raised more than £6,000 for the charity which supports young people with complex disabilities, and more sponsorship is expected in the coming days.

Firewalking experts Blaze ran the adrenalin-fuelled event at the National Star campus in Ullenwood. After a motivational two-hour training session, it was time to walk 20ft over hot coals.

Helja Gromen (pictured above), from Stroud, marked her 60th birthday by walking over the embers that have been heated up to 1236 Fahrenheit.

She said: "It was absolutely the best thing I could have done for my 60th. It was a challenge and something that I've never done before and it was a great opportunity to help a charity."

Around 200 people turned out to watch the excitement and to enjoy food from StarBistro.

Dad Andrew Stark, from Cheltenham, did the walk with his 16-year-old daughter Abi Brown-Stark and son Lewis Brown-Stark.

Abi (pictured below) said: "It was just amazing, The best thing was the total sense of euphoria of having done it."

Several teams from companies and businesses took part including: Safehands, Breeze Radio, Kilsbury Construction, Wavelength recruitment, National Star, MHP Design and Coventry Building Society.

Gill Henry, head of fundraising at the college, said: "The fire walk was a fantastic event to mark National Star's 50th anniversary. Fundraising has been vital to National Star's development. The generosity of the companies and individuals who support us, enables more young people with complex disabilities to benefit from National Star's specialist environments, facilities and equipment."

Picture credit: Cave Studios

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