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22nd May 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

St Richard’s Firewalk

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St Richard’s Firewalk
22nd May 2021

A firewalk is the most inspirational journey you will ever undertake. It is as the name suggests: a bare foot walk over red-hot wood embers measuring around 800 degrees. No tricks, no special effects. Just you and the fire.

Can you conquer the coal for St Richard’s Hospice?

Fear is at the centre of the experience, the fear you feel on the brink of a fire walk is incredible – all of your survival instincts are telling you to stay put. Once you take the power away from fear, there is really nothing stopping you. After all if you can walk safely across hot coals what else is possible?


Registration fee £35, with a pledge to raise at least £75.

Make sure you take the time to read the FAQs below for this exhilarating challenge.

How your fundraising helps

We have set a fundraising target of £75 but you can raise as much as you like, as it will all go towards the millions required this year to help us continue to provide the free services to those who need it. To give you some idea of how you will help support patients and families across Worcestershire…

  • £15.63 could pay for a specialist Living Well Centre Nurse for an hour*.
  • £90.26 could pay for a Hospice at Home Healthcare Assistant for a day.
  • £174.01 could pay for a trained therapist for a day*.
  • £550 could provide creative therapy materials for a year, offering an outlet for patients to express their emotions.

Want some fundraising ideas – take a look at our Fundraising Guide here

*20/21 costs including all on-costs

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Fire walking FAQs

  • What is fire walking?
  • Fire walking is the act of walking barefoot over a bed of hot wooden coals. A combination of pine, ash and oak is burnt and then broken down into a smooth red hot path of embers. The lane itself is between 15-20ft long and 2-3ft wide.

    During the course of the burn down the temperature of the fire reaches over 1236° Fahrenheit and when it comes time to walk on the coals the fire lane will be burning at a core temperature of over 400-600° degrees Fahrenheit.

  • What is a sponsored fire walk?
  • In essence it’s the same as a normal sponsored walk except the event takes place over twenty feet as opposed to twenty miles!

    The same structure exists and participants seek sponsorship in recognition of such a courageous undertaking.

  • Are there age limits?
  • The minimum age is 16 years of age; parental consent is required for those up to the age of 18.

    There is no upper age limit.

  • What happens if it rains?
  • Provisions are made for all types of weather conditions, and as long as the wood is kept dry prior to lighting, the event will go ahead. If torrential rain or high winds are forecast, the event may be postponed.

  • The history of fire walking
  • The history of humanity and the discovery of the technology of fire are intimately connected and recent evidence suggests our ancestors Australopithecus mastered fire over 1.5 million years ago.

    The oldest recorded firewalk took place in India over 3000 years ago and evidence of firewalking has been found on every continent except Antarctica. From the shamanic Hawaiian Kahunas walking over red hot lava to the healing ceremonies of the Kung Bushmen of the African Kalahari desert, the act of firewalking still forms a key religious and spiritual practice of indigenous people the world over.

  • Fire walking in the UK
  • During the eighties, our trainer Cliff Mann developed and popularised firewalking here in the UK as both a tool of rapid brain change and as a template for fundraising. This model has been further developed, expanded upon and professionalised as Time4Change takes firewalking into the 21st Century.

    Today, firewalking has gone from an esoteric discipline bordering on the ‘supernatural’ to a practice that is utilised by such mainstream corporations as Microsoft, American Express and Barclays. Even the former US President Bill Clinton has walked over fire!

    Firewalking is a powerful technique that can accelerate a radical transformation in consciousness. People constantly say it changes their lives for ever” – Tolly Burkan (cofounder of the American firewalking movement)

  • How is fire walking possible?
  • There are multiple theories as to why it is possible to walk barefoot over a bed of hot coals without injury. At one end of the spectrum we have a scientific explanation based upon the principles of heat conductivity and thermal insulation. Many of these reports focus on both the poor conductivity of wooden coals in terms of heat transfer to the skin.

    On the other hand, the fact that there is no definitive ‘physical’ explanation for why firewalking is possible leaves room for a more ‘non-scientific’ understanding and certainly the American founders of the modern firewalking movement adopt this approach. This ‘esoteric’ or ‘spiritual’ explanation is based upon the concepts of ‘heightened body energy’ and an enhanced state of consciousness.

    At T4C, we adopt a very pragmatic approach to firewalking and believe that every single person has the innate ability and skill set to walk safely across hot coals without injury; regardless of the belief system that is adopted.

  • Who will teach me how to fire walk?
  • The fire walk will be run by Time4Change; a training and events company based in Nottingham. For over three decades our instructor Cliff Mann has safely guided literally thousands of people from all walks of life over hot coals and today is recognised as the most experienced firewalking instructor operating in the UK and Europe. Amongst countless others, he has taught the art and science of firewalking to clients as diverse as Boots, Watford Football Club, Sytner BMW, Twinings, John Lewis Partnership, Air Ambulance and The Samaritans.

    Cliff has worked with the BBC as a firewalking consultant and has appeared on Discovery Health, GMTV Inch Loss Island, The House of Fear and Record Breakers where he broke the European firewalk record for distance. In addition to this, Cliff is a fully qualified hypnotherapist, veteran martial arts instructor and Neuro Linguistic Programming [NLP] Master Practitioner.

  • How do I learn to fire walk?
  • Each participant will take part in a mandatory training seminar before being given the opportunity to walk across hot coals.

    Our approach is very simple; we believe human beings learn best through a combination of humour, metaphor, experience and experiment and the seminar reflects this. In essence we explore and experiment with the psychological, emotional and most of all, physical consequences of adopting a given belief system. We draw upon a wide range of disciplines and practices such as motivational psychology, NLP and the martial arts.

    It is important to bear in mind that there is no illusion or ‘trick’ to firewalking. No special materials are used and nor are you hypnotised or put into any altered state of consciousness.

  • What does walking across hot coals feel like?
  • First of all, the most important thing to remember is you will not be walking over flames!

    The wood is burnt down to a bed of smooth embers before the walk takes place. The actual experience of firewalking seems to be completely subjective; some people report a pleasant warm sensation, others like it was ‘walking on snow’ and others still say they can remember absolutely no sensation at all.

    If you have ever been abroad and stood on a hot beach you will have experienced more discomfort that walking on hot coals!!

  • What happens if I stop halfway through or fall?
  • Despite the fact that no-one has ever to our knowledge stopped halfway through a firewalk, it is a question that is often asked! The fact that you will be in an energised state when you are about to cross the fire lane does not in anyway take your attention away from the task in hand.

    We often make the analogy of the state of mind we are in when we cross the road as the green light flashes; people seldom stop their journey at this point! Finally, in keeping with our strict health and safety guidelines, we ensure at least two members of T4C are constantly monitoring the lane as each walker crosses.

  • Has anyone ever been injured when walking across hot coals?
  • Activities such as parachuting, bungee jumping or abseiling all involve an element of risk and firewalking is no exception to this. Unlike these activities, no mortalities have ever occurred firewalking.

    Firewalking can indeed be a dangerous activity if the training is carried out by inexperienced instructors or fire team members. Likewise, injuries can occur should the participants fail to adhere to the exact instructions given to them during the seminar.

    Time4Change follows strict health and safety guidelines within the framework of our standard operating procedures. As a result of our training methods and our attention to detail, no-one has ever suffered an injury while crossing a T4C fire lane. We are very proud of our 100% safety record and take every precaution to ensure it remains this way.

  • Has anyone ever declined to walk across hot coals?
  • Firewalking is a courageous undertaking regardless of the reasons why the participant is doing it and the training is specifically designed to tap into the inner resources of fearlessness, commitment and self-belief we all possess.

    We suggest to those who are unsure as to whether they will actually walk to leave that decision until after the training seminar. For us the training is as important as the actual firewalk itself and the skills and attitudes one learns in the seminar become tools which last a lifetime. Having said that, out of the thousands of people have been taught the art of firewalking by Cliff Mann, not a single person has declined to walk across fire when given the opportunity to do so. Another 100% record of success we are very proud of.

  • How do I personally benefit from walking across fire?
  • Even now, after three decades teaching firewalking, we are still astonished by the number of people who tell us it has transformed their lives. The skills and positive belief systems one adopts during a firewalk seminar are applicable to all areas of life where fear and doubt can prevent an individual from becoming the person they are truly capable of being.

    When an individual firewalks, an increased awareness of how to achieve goals develops along with an enhanced view of the potential to succeed. Finally and perhaps the most important reason of all, it’s so much fun to do!

  • How much sponsorship is required to take part in the fire walk?
  • To secure your place on the event we are asking everyone to provide an inclusive registration fee of £35 and agree to a minimum fundraising target of £75 each.

    We encourage all participants to fund raise as much as possible, it is the additional money raised through sponsorship and donations that makes a huge difference to the individuals and families we support and care for.

  • What happens on the evening of the event?
  • The registration process begins at 5:30pm onwards. Once you have registered, you will undertake a 90 minute training session before taking to the fire.

    After the 90 minute training session (beginning at 6pm) you will be brought out to the prepared fire lane at 7:30pm.

    An experienced member of the T4C team always crosses the lane first to ensure it meets our strict safety criteria and once the go ahead has being given, each walker is then given the opportunity to walk across the fire lane.

    After all the walkers have safely crossed the lane you will be led back to the training room for a quick debrief and presentation of a certificate of achievement.

  • What do I wear on the night?
  • As no special clothes are required, casual clothing is fine as long as your trousers can be rolled up and there is no obstacle to removing your socks. Wet wipes are a good idea afterwards to wipe any soot off your feet.

  • Alcohol and prescription/non-prescription drugs
  • Due to the inherent risks associated with firewalking, any substances which adversely affect the operation of your nervous system will have a negative impact on your ability to walk safely over hot coals. Any person who appears to be visibly intoxicated will be declined the opportunity to firewalk.

    If you are taking any prescribed medication you are unsure about, please refer to your local GP for advice.

  • Can my family and friends come?
  • Friends and family are encouraged to come along and support you and the other firewalkers at this exciting event. We know that you’ll want them to take lots of photographs and video of your fire walk. However, friends and family won’t be allowed to watch the training.

  • Is their parking on-site?
  • Parking on-site is available for  participants and spectators.

Firewalking is a powerful technique that can accelerate a radical transformation in consciousness. People constantly say it changes their lives for ever.


22nd May 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Booking Contact

Kelly Johns 01905 958186