Three Labour Councillors participated in a ‘firewalk’ challenge this weekend to raise money for St Christopher’s Hospice.
The charity challenged local supporters to walk over hot coals barefoot to support the work they do for the community. Labour Councillors Kevin Brooks, Simon Jeal and Josh King volunteered to step up, or over, the plate. Their sponsorship page is still open for donations to the local hospice.
Councillor Jeal (Penge & Cator) said: “I’m pretty risk averse so it’s not my sort of thing at all. But the team at St Christopher’s do amazing work for local residents and their families, so walking across fire was the least I could do to support them.”
Councillor Kevin Brooks (Penge & Cator) added, “Being the second time I have done a firewalk I was much less nervous. A massive thanks must go to all our sponsors who raised money for St Christopher’s, a truly local community charity.”
Councillor Josh King (Clockhouse) had more personal reasons for participating, “When I was asked if I wanted to do a firewalk for St. Christopher’s the answer was a quick yes as members of my family have benefited from the hospice’s excellent care. The thought of walking on hot coals was pretty scary but in the event it was really easy and painless. I’d do it again for a good cause. “
The Labour Councillors participated in a team walking in memory Steve Murphy – a local resident and ardent charity supporter who passed away in the hospice last year.
They have raised just over half its target so far, with more pledged. To donate to St Christopher’s Hospice visit their sponsorship page.