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Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice are seeking brave individuals to take part in a spectacular fundraising challenge.

The Selly Park-based hospice, which cares for people with life-limiting illnesses across Birmingham and Sandwell, is to hold a fire and glass walk on the evening of  Thursday, November 17 in the hospice grounds.

An exciting warm-up session, where participants break arrows with their necks and split wood with a karate chop, will prepare the fundraiser for the main event.

The fundraisers will than walk barefoot over a bed of hot coals before walking a path of broken glass.

Hospice Head of Fundraising and Marketing Caroline Taylor said November’s charity challenge would be a life-changing event.

“Due to the immense success of our first fire walk earlier this year we knew we had to stage another one, but needed something to raise the stakes for participants. So we’ve added in the very daunting challenge of walking across shards of broken glass in addition to 500C burning embers,” she said.

Caroline added: “This will be a life-changing evening, helping people to build confidence in ways they never imagined possible. And beating your fears by walking across hot coals and broken glass is a great way to empathise with the challenges our patients face for each day that they have to live with a life-limiting illness,” she said.

Around 40 brave people took part in the February fire walk, raising a fantastic £8,000 towards the care of Birmingham St Mary’s patients and their relatives.

Each year Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice cares for around 1,000 people with terminal conditions, the majority of whom are looked after in their homes, surrounded by family and friends.

Fundraisers need to find more than £2.5 million annually towards the £6.6 million running costs of the Hospice. Around £1 million of the total is raised by the charity’s nine shops with the remainder of funding coming from the NHS.

The event will be run by professionals Survivorbility Ltd. If you would like to take pare or need further information, please contact Alice Watts on 0121 472 1191 or at alice.watts@bsmh.org.uk

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