Hot stuff raises £14,500 for charity

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FUND-RAISERS felt the burn after walking across hot coals to raise nearly £14,500 for charity.

Nearly 50 people walked across 20 feet of wood embers in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care at the Bush Inn in Shimpling.

They were recognised for their efforts at a presentation evening at the pub.

Prizes were handed out and every walker who got their sponsorship money in on time was in with a chance of winning a day for four people at Center Parcs.

Walker Steve Arbon was the draw winner.

Top fund-raiser Bob Tapping, who collected £1,309, was presented with a prize, which was a night for two at the Ickworth Hotel and Apartments.

Top team Taylor Wimpey Bury St Edmunds won a case of wine.

Community fund-raiser Ian Norris, who helped to organise the event, said: “The firewalk raised a brilliant sum of money.

“The pub has been an amazing supporter of the hospice so we would like to thank it for all it has done.

“It put in a fantastic effort as well as all the absolutely marvellous firewalkers.”

Three hospice staff Jackie Saunders, Yasmin Jeffery and Abby Mayes, were also among those who braved the hot coals.