Employees’ Firewalking Stokes Inspire’s Funds

Staff from two Aberdeen marketing and communications firms have raised over £1,300 for charity by walking over hot coals which burned at over 500ºC.

The team of four, Steve Duguid, Lauren Barbour, Charlie Innes and Ian McLaren, employees of Greybar Design and Innes Associates, were among a group of more than 60 people who took part in the bonfire night firewalk organised by Aberdeen-based charity Inspire.

The total amount raised from the event saw the charity, which supports hundreds of individuals with learning disabilities across north-east Scotland, benefit to the tune of more than £12,500 as a result of the sponsorship raised by all the brave volunteer firewalkers.

Commenting on behalf of the group, Charlie Innes, managing director of Innes Associates, said: “Between the four of us we set out to raise around £1,000 for Inspire, so we are really pleased to raise in excess of that amount, and that’s down to the generosity of those who sponsored us.  The firewalk was an amazing experience and we didn’t suffer any injuries, and it illustrates what the human body can achieve given the right frame of mind.

“Inspire is a great charity, and the services which it provides make a huge difference to the lives of the people it supports.  Only when you meet some of the people Inspire supports, do you begin to realise the incredible impact that it has on their lives.  The amount we have raised will go a small way to help Inspire to continue providing the services which it does.”

Fiona Poustie, Inspire’s head of fundraising and marketing, said: “This was Inspire’s first firewalk and we had a fantastic response from the public, and the amount raised was beyond our expectations.  It’s thanks to the adventurous spirit of people, such as the guys from Greybar Design and Innes Associates, that we are able to organise these amazing fundraising events.

“There was an incredible atmosphere on the Queen’s Links on bonfire night and we must thank all those who came along to cheer on our brave firewalkers, and to everyone who donated money in aid of Inspire.  Without this support and fundraising, we wouldn’t be able to continue to develop services that empower the people we support to become more independent, access increased opportunities and increase their quality of life.”

For more information about Inspire and its fundraising events and initiatives, visit www.inspireonline.org.uk or call 01224 280005.