Firewalkers ‘hotfoot’ it for The Christie

Press release posted 21 March 2016

The Christie has hosted its very first firewalk, asking fundraisers to brave hot coals to raise vital funds for cancer patients in the North West. 

The fun and entertainment started at 6pm at Great Northern Square in Manchester city centre on Thursday 17th March.  

Nearly 100 brave fundraisers volunteered to take part raising around £20,000.  

The funds will help The Christie NHS Foundation Trust provide services to cancer patients above and beyond what is provided by the NHS.  

A mother and son from Macclesfield were among the first to try this fiery new challenge set by The Christie hospital, one of Europe’s leading cancer centres.   

Carol Reeves, 47, and Simon Reeves, 22, from Macclesfield braved the heat to say thank you to The Christie following Simon’s ongoing treatment for neurofibromatosis type 2, a disorder characterised by the growth of noncancerous tumours in the nervous system.   

Carol said; 

Everyone at The Christie has been so wonderful and caring, and we wanted to give something back to the amazing staff at the Teenage and Young Adult Unit. We know them all so well, and so much of the work and equipment at the unit is funded by the charity we wanted to help.
The firewalk is perfect for Simon, he’s such a daredevil! This is way out of my comfort zone but, as people say, you’d walk over hot coals for your children, and now I literally am!  

Firewalking is the practice of walking barefoot on hot embers. A firewalk is designed to help overcome fear and to inspire people to do things they didn't think possible.  

Simon said; 

The last couple of years have been a real rollercoaster and have changed my life completely, I doubt I would have got through them without my mum and family. I am doing the Firewalk as a small token of my appreciation for all the staff at the Teenage and Young Adult Unit at The Christie for all their constant care and consideration. 

Lucy Naylor, sporting events manager at The Christie, said:  

We’re so grateful to Carol and Simon and all our other fundraisers who participated in this exciting event which raised nearly £20,000. The firewalk tested our participant’s bravery and determination and we had fundraisers of all different ages and abilities taking part. It was such a success we’ll be running the event again next year. 

To view The Christie Firewalk gallery visit our Facebook page.  

Further information about how to get involved in other Christie fundraising events is available at To find out when the next firewalk will be taking place please email   

The event was managed by industry experts, UK Firewalk, who provided an hour’s training session before walkers braved the coals.