Against Breast Cancer – Abingdon Firewalk

October 28, 2012

A group of 21, 17 female and 4 male, gathered in the King Charles Room, at the Kings Head and Bell, two hours before the fire walk. The Firewalk was to raise funds for Against Breast Cancer. The instructors explained that it could be dangerous, the embers over which we were to walk were burning at 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, so we needed to follow their instructions.
Against Breast Cancer - Abingdon Firewalk
Half way through the training we went to view the fire. It felt cold outside until we stood round the fire.
Against Breast Cancer - Abingdon Firewalk
The next time we came out chanting “Firewalk” as we approached the Market Place we did not notice the cold. The flames were gone and the hot embers raked. A crowd stood round. We had been told not to acknowledge people but keep our focus. Despite the fear, we had felt before the training started, every firewalker strode across the embers, without hesitation. The training was excellent. (My pictures less so – so please send if you have any.)
Against Breast Cancer - Abingdon Firewalk
The Mayor presented certificates afterwards and said it was a cause close to her heart. Pat Leathem and she were theatre nurses at the Churchill Hospital where breast surgery was carried out. Dr Anthony Leatham used to ‘shake a tin’ at a tube station to raise money. The media got to hear about it and the publicity meant that Against Breast Cancer was started and Pat left to work with it full time.

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4 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. Anne  |  October 28, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Congratulations to a brave backstreeter!

  • 2. hester  |  October 30, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I see that backstreeter is 80% of the way to making his fundraising target. How about a few more followers of this blog making up the difference?

  • 3. Mary  |  October 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Crossing the Market Place on the next day I saw ash footprints (of bare feet ) on the paving slabs!
    Congratulations again.

  • 4. Col  |  October 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Now 93% there…….

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