Birthday boy swaps candles for firewalk

Daniel Scott is doing Buster’s Charity Firewalk for Heart of Kent Hospice on November 5 – his 23rd birthday

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A young fundraiser is swapping cake-top candles for a charity firewalk on his birthday this November.

Daniel Scott will be hauling himself over hot coals and undergoing the full Guy Fawkes experience for Heart of Kent Hospice at Buster’s Charity Firewalk on November 5, which also happens to be his 23rd birthday.

The part-time maths undergraduate, who lives in the county town and works as an insurance broker and accounting assistant for London brokerage firm Tasker and Partners, said: “The firewalk has been a bucket list event for me since I first saw it being done for the Heart of Kent Hospice when volunteering there.

“They’ve not done the firewalk for a couple of years, so have decided to do it independently through the KM Charity Team. As they first inspired me, I have decided to do it for them. I hope to raise at least £200.

“I’ve never done anything like this before and I’m feeling excited but nervous. This sort of event really suits my personality trait of really getting stuck into novel and once-in-a-lifetime events.”

Karen Newton, community partnerships fundraiser at Maidstone-based Heart of Kent Hospice, said: “We rely on donations from loyal and generous supporters like Daniel to help raise £4 out of every £5 we spend caring for our patients and their families.

“Daniel volunteered at our fire walk in 2016 as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and is an active volunteer today.

“We wish him every success on completing this personal challenge and are really pleased he has chosen to support us.”

If you’re tempted to follow in Daniel’s footsteps, you can register for the firewalk at www.kmcharityteam.co.uk/booking.

Participants must be 18 or above, and are asked to aim to raise at least £100 in sponsorship.

The entry cost is £25 per person, which also enables fundraisers to enjoy the fireworks display that follows the firewalk for free. Supporters can purchase tickets at a discounted rate to watch both events. There is a £5 discount if you use the booking code KMNEWS18.

70% of the money raised will go to the fundraisers’ chosen good causes, with the rest going towards the KM Charity Team’s charitable work promoting children’s literacy. And anyone who individually raises more than £200 will be entered into a draw to win a luxury spa day for two.

To find out more, contact event coordinator Dominic Comins by calling 0844 264 0291 or emailing dcomins@thekmgroup.co.uk.

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