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Mayor walks over hot coals to raise charity money

Mike Thompson doing his charity fire walk in the Town Hall SUS-140704-151823001

Mike Thompson doing his charity fire walk in the Town Hall SUS-140704-151823001

Mayor of Eastbourne Mike Thompson successfully walked over hot coals to raise money for two local charities.

The mayor was joined by 12 local residents who also completed the daredevil task, raising more than £500. The money will be split equally between Matthew 25 Mission and Chloe’s Fight for Sight.

Chloe, who has been gradually losing her sight due to a rare condition, was also one of the brave 12 to hop across the hot coals on Friday, April 4.

The coals, which were laid out in the Town Hall car park on Saffrons Road, were heated to a sizzling 800 degrees. Fire walk experts Time4Change were on hand should anyone encounter any problems.

Cllr Thompson said, “I’d like to say a big thanks to all those who hot-footed it to the event and helped raise so much money, which was a feat in itself.”

Chloe’s Fight for Sight is a campaign hoping to raise money to fund research into Chloe’s rare condition and also make her life easier.

The Matthew 25 Mission is a community based group assisting people in need and offers practical help and support to anyone, regardless of race, religion or gender.

The money was raised through a £30 entry fee by all the participants, who also then gathered as much sponsorship as possible.

 

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