Could you face your fears and achieve the impossible?
|Published: 16th February 2011 08:00|
Registration has opened for the hottest and shortest sponsored walk ever, the Children's Hospice South West's Firewalk!
Firewalking is the act of walking barefoot over a bed of hot embers. It has a long history in many cultures as a test or proof of faith and as a phenomenon of mind of matter.
CHSW are inviting people to sign up to take part in this event on Thurs 14th April to face your fears, and achieve what doesn't seem possible!
This event is expected to encourage walkers for many reasons. The providers of the event, Survivorbility Ltd explain some more about the event;
Steve Stuttard, Director at Survivorbility; "Fire Walking is not about being in touch with ones inner being or even mystical mind over matter magic. It can however be explained by simple physics. The process of Fire walking that is, and not the life changing decision that you make when you decide to walk on the fire..........Overcoming the fear,that's the magic part! Fear presents itself to us in many guises and forms, but that Fear has had to be learnt. So when we are taught how to unlearn fear there really is no stopping us!
Previous participants have described Firewalking as a ‘life changing event' - so come along and beat your fear for this fantastic local charity"
Karen Edgington, Head of Fundraising at Charlton Farm explains why this event is poignant for CHSW; "Walking on fire is about overcoming fears that are inbuilt in us. The families and children who rely on the services we offer at Charlton Farm often come to us with fears about the future, about death and dying and fear of how they will cope when their child sadly passes away. We are there to help them though all these processes, in a time and manner that suits them, so that when the time comes it is not an unknown and this helps the fear to dissipate. "
To register to take part in Firewalk visit www.chsw.org.uk/fire or call 01275 866600
Thursday 14 April 2011 at 7pm
Bridgwater & Albion Rugby Football Club
£35 to register and a pledged sponsorship of £150
Facts about Children's Hospice South West (CHSW)
- Chief Executive Eddie Farwell and his late wife Jill who had two life-limited children set up the charity, Children's Hospice South West (CHSW), in 1991 and opened Little Bridge House in Barnstaple in September 1995.
- CHSW is the only organisation in the South West providing hospice care to life-limited children and their families, in a hospice environment, from across the South West; from South Gloucester, Bristol, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
- Little Bridge House offers a real home from home environment, including a main living area that forms the heart and soul of the house, cosy lounges, a messy play room for carefree creativity, a multi sensory room with lights, sounds and textures to soothe and calm, a soft play area for safe, trouble-free fun and a jacuzzi for relieving stiff joins and muscle spasms. Not forgetting the beautiful gardens that surround the house including the award winning Narnia sensory garden, (based on the magical story The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis), which provides a place to set the imagination free!
- At Little Bridge House there are 8 child-friendly bedrooms that have minimal medical equipment and are decorated with favourite books, toys and DVDs for each child who stays. There is lovely accommodation for the rest of the family too.
- Charlton FarmThere are around 50 staff on the care team at Little Bridge House. Half are Registered Sick Children's Nurses, the others come from a variety of backgrounds and include teachers, nursery nurses, play specialists, social workers and physios.
- CHSW opened a second children's hospice in 2007 called Charlton Farm which is situated on the outskirts of Bristol.
- CHSW is now in the process of raising funds through the Precious Lives Appeal to build a third children's hospice, in Cornwall, called Little Harbour which is due to open in 2011.