Military charity challenges brave soles to walk on fire



A military charity is challenging local residents to test their nerves in a daring fire walk.

On Saturday 28 April, Blind Veterans UK will be hosting the Worcester Fire Walk Challenge, a 15 feet walk over hot coals, at New College Worcester. The coals will reach temperatures of 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, 100 degrees more than it takes to melt aluminium.

Victoria Beech, Regional Fundraiser for Blind Veterans UK, says: “We love offering our supporters new and exciting ways in which they can fundraise for our charity. To that point, what could be more exciting than crossing a smouldering bed of hot coals!”

Participants will receive an hour’s worth of training from UK Fire Walk, a company run by Scott Bell, who’s twice held the Guinness World Record for greatest fire walking distance.

The Worcester Fire Walk Challenge is taking place on Saturday 28 April at New College Worcester. Registration costs £10, with discounted group and family rates available, and closes on Sunday 8 April. There is a minimum sponsorship pledge of £100. Participants must be eight years and over.

Tickets can be pre-booked by calling 01492 864574 or emailing can also visit:

If you are keen to get signed up, but cannot make the date, the organisation will also be holding an event in Liverpool on Saturday 24 March.

Blind Veterans UK was founded in 1915 and the charity’s initial purpose was to help and support soldiers blinded in the First World War. But the organisation has gone on to support more than 35,000 blind veterans and their families, spanning WWII to recent conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan.

For more than a century, the charity has been providing vital free training, rehabilitation, equipment and emotional support to blind and vision-impaired veterans no matter when they served or how they lost their sight. Visit to learn more about the charity and how you can support its vital work today.

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For all media enquiries please contact: Felix Arbenz-Caines, PR Assistant, Blind Veterans UK, 12 – 14 Harcourt Street, London W1H 4HD E:, T: 020 7616 7941

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