BRAVE fundraisers put their best foot forward to walk over hot coals and raise thousands for a Basingstoke hospice.

St Michael’s Hospice welcomed over 40 supporters to take on the charity’s firewalk challenge on Friday, October 27.

Fire Walk UK ignited a roaring fire whilst the walkers took part in an introduction session about putting mind over matter.

Friends and families created a cheering crowd around the coals, and some of the hospice patients and their families even gathered in the conservatories and patio area to watch and applaud the walkers as they completed their challenge.

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Basingstoke Gazette: Thousands raised at St Michael's Hospice firewalk

The firewalk tested participants' nerves, but the walkers crossed hot coals with smiles on their faces in support of the hospice, raising over £11,000.

Becky Legate, events manager at the hospice, said: “We were really touched by all our supporters, from our dedicated walkers to all their friends and family who showed up to cheer on their loved ones. Together, they almost raised enough to cover the Hospice costs for a whole day. All their hard work and bravery will really make a difference to our patients and their families. Thank you.”

Wheat Fork and Buzzin Bean Coffee warmed walkers and supporters with pizza and hot drinks.

St Michael’s Hospice provides its care for free but receives only 16 per cent statutory funding, this means the charity needs to raise £14,000 a day to care for people across North Hampshire who have life-limiting illnesses, need end-of-life care, or bereavement support.