Firewalkers raise £4,000 for good causes

KMFM DJ Garry Wilson lends a hand at Buster’s Charity Firewalk

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Forty barefoot fundraisers braved a carpet of hot coals for Buster’s Charity Firewalk last night (Monday, November 5).

They raised almost £4,000 for good causes and the KM Charity Team’s literacy work with schools in Kent.

The firewalk took place at Kent Cricket Club’s Spitfire Ground in Canterbury and was the warm-up event for the club’s annual fireworks extravaganza.

It was hosted by kmfm breakfast show DJ Garry Wilson.

The participants included Ben Bogdan-Hodgson, who took part for social-action charity Imago and looked splendid in his Wonderwoman costume.

Directly after stepping off the coals, Ben said: “I can’t wait to get back on it so I can give it another go because it was good fun and the adrenaline is going.”

Ben Bogdan-Hodgson

Nicky Murell took part for Briary Primary School in Herne Bay, where she is deputy head teacher, and said: “We won an award in your literacy awards last year, so we are really proud of that, and that inspired me to do a little bit more.

“For the children, I told them all not to try this at home, but hopefully they will be rooting for me and raising lots of money for all those little extras.”

And Stevie Longley, who took part for Cancer Research and Metabolic Support UK, compared the experience to walking on eggshells.

The highest fundraiser was Tracy Bartlett, who generated £488.50 for Romney Marsh Day Centre.

Event coordinator Dominic Comins said: “Well done to everybody who took part. I hope they enjoyed the event as much as I and the rest of the spectators did.

“It was a fantastic night and raised much-needed funds for some fantastic good causes.”

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