Eleven brave University staff and students raised over £4,000 for various charities by walking over hot coals on 18 November. In the first event of its kind at the University, participants successfully walked barefoot across 20 feet of embers burning at 650 degrees celsius.
Law students Christy Cunningham and Joseph Arigho-Stiles raised money for the University’s Free Legal Advice Centre, while GeoSciences staff Sandy Tudhope and Stuart Simmons got £1,300 in sponsorship for undergraduates who need financial support to pay for their degree fieldtrips.
Other charities that benefited were the Hospital for Small Animals, the Euan MacDonald Centre for MND Research, the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic and the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine.
We really enjoyed the firewalk experience… it was exhilarating! I loved being part of the whole thing and was so pleased that I'd done it. The Blaze team were amazing - we learned a lot from Karen Stirling and I was so impressed at her enthusiasm and stamina
Another firewalking event will take place on Friday 28th February 2014, which students are welcome to register for. Registration costs £20, and participants will be given a two hour training session before. Participants are asked to raise at least £175 for a University of Edinburgh fund or project.