Firewalk to raise money for Cransley Hospice

The Cransley Hospice fire walk will take place on February 8 at Wellingborough School. Pictured is fundraising team member Debbie Grant, with participant Traci Norton
The Cransley Hospice fire walk will take place on February 8 at Wellingborough School. Pictured is fundraising team member Debbie Grant, with participant Traci Norton
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One of the participants in a firewalk being held to raise money for Cransley Hospice says she is looking forward to taking part.

Traci Norton, who has been volunteering at the Kettering hospice’s coffee shop and charity shop for about six months, said she was more excited than concerned at the prospect of walking over red-hot coals barefoot.

“It’s a new year and a new challenge for a good cause,” said Traci, whose cousin passed away at the hospice a couple of years ago.

“People ask why I want to do it and I say why not? I am quite excited – everyone else is more worried about it than me.”

And Traci, from Kettering, who has raised £500 in sponsorship so far, said she had got the fundraising bug, with a possible skydive next on the cards.

Cransley’s Debbie Grant said: “Everybody who did it last year was on a high. It’s also a great event to come along and watch.”

Fundraisers at Cransley Hospice are encouraging other people to sign up for the event, which takes place at Wellingborough School in London Road on Saturday, February 8.

Registration opens at 6.30pm, with a motivational workshop held at 7pm by Cliff Mann, who has been instructing daring participants for more than 30 years.

The firewalk itself takes place at 9pm. The event is being jointly organised by Cransley Hospice and Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton, with everybody taking part asked to raise at least £100 in sponsorship money.

For more details and to sign up, call 01536 527407 visit www.cransleyhospice.org.uk.

A Kettering hotel has a number of fundraising events lined up in the coming months as part of its support for Cransley Hospice.

The Kettering Park Hotel & Spa is hosting a table-top sale this Sunday. Tables cost £5, with the proceeds going to Cransley, and sellers are able to keep whatever they earn.

There is no charge for guests to browse what is on sale at the event, which runs from 10am until noon.

Later in February, staff will be taking turns to keep a gym bike spinning for an entire long weekend – from 6am on Friday, February 21 until 6am on the Monday.

On Sunday, March 2 a team from Kettering’s Strictly Got to Dance are taking over the hotel’s restaurant, bar and kitchen, serving an £18 three-course menu, with £10 of that going to Cransley.

And a team from the hotel is also preparing to take part in the 24-hour Three Peaks challenge later in the year on behalf of the hospice.