Fundraising Fire Walk Raises £1600 for Kent's Most Vulnerable

Tuesday 31st October 2017

On Friday 27th October at Singleton Environment Centre in Ashford, over 30 local volunteers stepped out barefoot to walk across red hot coals to help raise money to support vulnerable children and young people living in Kent and Medway. In addition, more than 50 local residents joined the event to spectate and take part in Halloween themed side stalls including a tombola, raffle, slime lucky dip and human fruit machine.                                                                                                            

CXK’s Fire Walk Challenge was an opportunity for volunteers to take on the walk of a lifetime along a pathway which reached temperatures in excess of 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. Training was provided to all participants by one of the UK’s largest fire walk event organisers, The Fundraising Fire Walk Association, and collectively the participants raised over £1600 for CXK’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service - one of Kent’s leading mental health and wellbeing services.

CXK’s fundraising officer, Josie Couchman, commented in the success of the event: “The money raised will go towards helping to support children and young people across Kent who are struggling with their mental health and emotional wellbeing. In particular, the money will go towards supporting our Wellbeing Bags scheme.

“As part of the scheme, bags are distributed to children and young people by our counsellors during intervention. The bags contain items designed to help them manage their emotional well-being, with contents tailored to their individual needs. Those items can typically include bubbles, soft toys, play doh, notebooks, and mindfulness colouring books, for example.”

Since 2013, CXK has delivered 8,300 Emotional Health and Wellbeing counselling sessions to children and young people throughout Kent. The service is available to children and young people aged 5-19 who are experiencing emotional difficulties, and is delivered through one-to-one counselling and therapeutic support.