Chloe Lewis tackles firewalk for Treetops

Would you walk bare foot across 2,000 broken wine bottles followed by hot embers burning at 1236 degrees Fahrenheit?

That’s the extreme challenge facing those who sign up for this year’s Treetops Hospice Care Fire and Ice Walk on Wednesday 1 November.

Both walks take place at Treetops, based in Risley, which provides nursing care and emotional support for adults with life-limiting illness and their families in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

I was so proud of myself at the end

Chloe Lewis, 14yrs from Belper, was the youngest person to take part in the Treetops Fire Walk last year:

“I signed up because I thought it sounded quite fun and I’d never had the chance to do anything like it before but really wanted to.

“It was nerve-racking and I was a bit scared that I was going to burn my feet but then I thought ‘calm down, there are professionals here’ and once I’d done it, it was great. I don’t know what I was worried about and I was so proud of myself at the end.

“I’d definitely recommend it and I’m going to do both walks this year.”

Face your fears and do the impossible

Kathryn Box, corporate fundraiser, explained more about the event:

“We really want people to face their fears and do the impossible. The two Walks are very different – the Fire Walk is adrenaline-filled, loud and exciting and the Ice Walk is a very calm and relaxing event, the ultimate in mindfulness!

“Everyone who takes part has a training session beforehand including motivational exercises and psychological methods with a world-class ‘Fire Master’ instructor from the event organisers Blaze.

“Anyone over 14yrs old can take part and you can even enter as a team-building exercise if there are ten or more of you.

“Friends and family are also very welcome to come and cheer you on and enjoy the evening and there’ll be a bbq, a bar, and raffle.”

It costs £20 to take part in the Fire Walk or Ice Walk, or £25 to complete both Walks.

Participants must register in advance and more information can be found on the Treetops website or by calling Kathryn Box on 0115 949 1264.

Treetops Hospice Care services include Support and Information, a Day Care Unit, Hospice at Home nurses and Therapeutic Services including counselling and complementary therapy.