Sheffield students organise firewalking challenge for Children’s Hospital Charity

Three Sheffield students are organising a firewalking event for the Children’s Hospital Charity to fundraise for a new helipad.

The students, Lisa Hoang, Angel Komedera and Taibah Hussian, all aged 22, study Events Management and Tourism at Sheffield Hallam University.

They are tasked to organise a live event to fundraise for charity as part of their course. Their firewalking event will be held at the Sheaf House pub on Bramall Lane on 2 April.

Lisa, who has taken on the role of marketing campaign director for the event, said: “We hope to raise a minimum of £4,000 for the Helipad Appeal by holding a firewalk as our final project.

“We are working with a company called UK Firework, and the founder Scott Bell is twice holder of the Guinness World Record for the greatest firewalking distance.”

The funds will all be donated to the Children’s Hospital Charity for building a new helipad. Air ambulances will be able to land directly at the hospital so that patients will have quicker and easier access to the urgent care they need.

John Armstrong, CEO of The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We’re on our final push now to get our fundraising over the line. We’ve just recently launched our Helipad Heroes campaign, where we’re inviting our supporters to do a fundraising activity of their choice, from holding a bake sale to doing an office sweepstake. No idea is too small.”

Sheffield Children’s is the designated Major Trauma Centre for children in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, providing a service for over 375,000 children and young people.

Craig Radford, Chief Operating Officer at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We strive to provide the best care for our children and young people and the creation of a helipad with help from The Children’s Hospital Charity and the County Air Ambulance HELP appeal, is one of the ways we’re continuing to improve the care we provide.

“When patients need to access emergency care, we need to move fast while giving patients the privacy they need, and this is the one time we don’t want children waiting to cross the road.”

Lisa said: “We believe in giving back to our community. From funding life-saving equipment to creating a more comfortable and welcoming environment, every donation helps the hospital provide the best care for our young patients.”

Firewalking is the act of walking barefoot over hot stones, which gets as hot as 540°C. It is said to be a powerful and transformative experience many cultures worldwide have practised for centuries and is often used for personal growth and overcoming limiting beliefs.

Angel, who is the event campaign director, said: “More than a personal challenge, the event is an opportunity to give back to the community and support a great course, helping to impact the lives of those in need positively.”

If you are interested in this event, visit their Instagram or Facebook page @enlivensheffield. To buy an early-bird ticket and raise sponsorship click here.

Taibah Hussian, Angel Komedera and Lisa Hoang

Written by Elim Lau

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