Fire walk to help Wymondham Martial Arts club

Would you help raise hundreds of pounds for charity by taking five small steps? But what if the steps required involved walking over burning coals?

Organisers behind a charity fire walk in Norwich are hoping to recruit more volunteers to try the brave experience in a bid to raise vital cash for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Wymondham Martial Arts and Wellbeing Centre.

The not-for-profit centre, which opened in a converted industrial unit in January, is now home to the Wymondham Judo Club but also plans to offer a range of activities including community fitness and dance classes, physiotherapy and massage, and nutrition and weight loss groups.

Organiser Neil Saunders, from Taverham, who trains with the judo club, said people take part in fire walks for all kinds of reasons such as fundraisers, as a way to beat their fear of fire or even as a spiritual rite of passage.

'It's an opportunity to challenge yourself. It's also one of those things that people want to put on the to do list like parachuting or abseiling. Well I've done parachute jumps and this is my next thing,' he said.

The fire walk will take place at The Forum on April 9 from 6.30pm. All participants will receive a motivational seminar before attempting the walk. The event is open to those aged 16 or over and it costs �30 to register.

Organisers are also looking for businesses to sponsor the event to reduce costs and allow more proceeds from the fire walk to be donated to the charities.

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