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Charity firewalk event in Chelmsford
7:00am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
LAWYERS are accused of breathing fire at times.
But a team of lawyers in Chelmsford will find out on November 5 how it feels to walk on fire!
Solicitors from Birketts which has an office in New London Road are set to roll up their trousers and go barefoot to do a firewalk across coals reaching temperatures a searing 1,200 fahrenheit.
The event is being done for charity as the firm who celebrate their 150th birthday this year look to raise £150,000 for worthy causes.
Coals will be lined up on a lawn outside the office with the brave participants raising money for a charity of their choice.
Organiser and lawyer Jolyon Berry has experience of firewalking having done it in Bury St Edmonds last year to fundraise for the Stroke Association.
He said despite what people might think, the challenge is not as hot as it would seem.
“When I did it in 2012 there was snow on the ground, so it was actually quite painful to stand on the ground barefoot,” the 42-year-old from Wivenhoe who suffered a stroke in 2010 explained.
“So when I did step onto the coals and walked across them it was actually quite nice.
“It is hot, obviously, but not to the point where you get burnt. It is a very curious feeling.
“Then before you know it your at the other side and you’re buzzing with adrenalin.”
Walkers will step onto the burning coals which will be stoked up during the day at 5.45pm before celebrating the end of the challenge with a fireworks display at 6.30pm.
Jolyon said a certain excitement is passing through the office, although some people are a bit worried.
He said: “There is a sense of mild panic in the air at the moment.
“Some people in the office are really looking forward to it and there are others who won’t consider going through with it, so it has had a mixed reaction.”
If you would be interested in taking part, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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