WHEN it comes to daring ways to raise money for charity, Marsham Court hotel Director Rosie Wallace never gets cold feet.
Having donated her waist-length hair to make wigs for children with cancer and ascending a 720ft zipwire dressed as a witch for children’s mobility charity STEPS, Rosie showed she would literally walk over hot coals for a good cause – by performing a firewalk for the Bournemouth Leukaemia Fund (BLF).
Rosie walked barefoot across 1000-degree embers on the front lawn of the Marsham Court, on Bournemouth’s East Cliff, on March 7th 2015.
She was watched by around 50 friends and guests, many of whom had sponsored her.
Rosie said: “When it came to taking that first step onto the coals I was very nervous, as the heat was intense. But I had been coached in mental preparation beforehand and just launched myself forward.
“I walked fast and felt my feet actually sinking into the embers, but there was no pain and when I stepped off the end it just felt as if I had walked on hot sand.”
“I can’t believe I have done it. I feel exhilarated and my feet don’t have a mark on them.”
Around 15 other people followed Rosie on to the coals, donating to the Bournemouth Leukaemia Fund (BLF) for the pleasure.
Rosie said: “This is such a great charity, funding so much important work, I wanted to do anything I could to help and through sponsorship and a raffle I hope to have raised £500.”
Shirley Sherman from the Bournemouth Leukaemia Fund watched Rosie perform the firewalk.
She said: “The BLF wouldn’t be possible without fundraisers like Rosie. She is a kind and very brave lady.”
Rosie was supervised in the firewalk by of her hotel conferencing clients, Adam Eason, Principal of the Anglo European College of Therapeutic Hypnosis.