Friday, February 12, 2010

Fifteen go for the burn to help local children

Fifteen staff from Blackburn with Darwen Council will be fire walking next week to raise funds for local deaf children.

The team, who come from a variety of Council departments, have volunteered for the walk of their lives – a short dash over coals burning hotter than the fiercest summer day.

The money they raise will go to the East Lancashire Deaf Society to help teach sign language in schools to enable hearing and deaf children to communicate and socialise. Around 30 people in total are expected to participate in the event.

Chief executive Graham Burgess said: “Our staff do a lot of great work and fund raising for both local and national charities and I’m pleased so many have been brave enough to take up this challenge.”

The event will take place at the Knowles Arms, Pleckgate Road, Blackburn on Monday, February 15 and will start at about 6.45pm. Those taking part will be walking 20 feet (6 metres) over coals burning at 120 degrees Farenheit or 48.89 degrees Celsius.

The red hot team are:
Giuseppe Moncado, Smiera Yousaf, Janet Leeming, Mehrun Hafiz, Fiona Macauley, Lorraine Taylor and Sam Woods from the Council’s employment agency

Stuart McAuley, Adam Lohar and Mohammed Sidat from regeneration and environment

Jen Smith and Amy Gillespie from children's services

Shabir Elahi from housing

Marc Schmid and Andy Rhodes from the Council’s policy and communications team.

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