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Fire walkers raise vital funds to help critically ill children

Fire walkers raise vital funds to help critically ill children

A group of daredevils have completed the Yorkshire Children’s Air Ambulance Fire Walk – in partnership with Time4Change – in a bid to raise vital funds for the lifesaving children’s charity.

A fire walk is the most inspirational journey people will ever undertake. It is as the name suggests; a barefoot walk over red-hot wood embers measuring around 800 degrees. No tricks, no special effects.

Held at the Hatfield Outdoor Activity Centre, the brave participants really stepped out of their comfort zones and completed the epic challenge with smiles on their faces.

Events like these are crucial to the overall mission of the Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA). The Children’s Air Ambulance is a national service, changing the face of paediatric and neonatal care through the high-speed transfer of critically ill babies and children, flying them from one hospital to another for specialist care.

The clinically designed helicopters provide a flying intensive care unit for babies and children. The charity works with 11 NHS paediatric retrieval teams across the UK, enabling them to bring their specialist equipment on-board to safely transfer their patients.

TCAA Community Fundraising Executive, Sharon Evans commented: “We had a wonderful event, family and friends were entertained by the amazing Markham Colliery Brass Band who kicked off Christmas with some festive carols and magician Thomas Moloney who still has us puzzled with his card tricks! Also, we like to give a huge thank you to our volunteers Jeanette, Alan and Linda who did an incredible job running the tombola, raffle, and capture these incredible action shots.”

The Children’s Air Ambulance relies on public donations to raise the £3,500 needed for each mission, and to date, the fire walk series for the charity has raised over £9,500 – enough to help fund two vital transfers.

“We were delighted that over 200 guests turned up to the event at Hatfield to spectate and support the fire walkers, and we are already looking forward to the Yorkshire Fire Walk 2022, so watch this space for more details coming soon on how you can get signed up for next year,” added Sharon.