SOLIHULL News editor Ross Crawford is taking his shoes and socks off to walk across a bed of broken glass - in aid of the Meningitis Trust.
He’ll be joining a crowd of hardy souls on October 2, at the Old Silhillians sports centre on Warwick Road, Knowle, for the trial by ‘Fire and Ice’ - walking across burning hot coals and broken glass - and everyone is welcome to come along and see the spectacle for themselves.
The event has been organised by Chadwick End resident Angela Cloke whose own son Samuel contracted meningitis when he was a baby and although he recovered, since then Angela has been at the forefront of raising awareness and money to combat the killer condition.
“I’d called councillor Alan Martin after hearing he’d agreed to walk across the hot coals for the charity,” said Ross.
“I then rang Angela and she just came straight out and asked me if I’d like to take part too.
“I’ve always been wary of fire and although it may seem bizarre the broken glass just seemed to be the easier option.”
A delighted Angela said: “We’re really pleased Ross is taking part although I do think he is very brave as most people choose the burning hot coals challenge rather than face the broken glass.”
This will be the third time the 43-year-old mother of three has organised such an event - doing the hot coals herself in 2005 and the broken glass in 2007.
“The participants will get motivational help beforehand - for the fire walkers it will be a brisk walk while for the glass walkers it’s all about relaxing and learning to let go.”
It promises to be a truly exciting evening complete with fire juggler, bouncy castle, street dance demonstration refreshments, bar, stalls and much more. The fun starts at 6pm with the glass walkers out at 6.45pm and the fire walkers at 8.30pm and everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the spectacle.
Plus - it’s still not too late to take part in the event itself - just contact Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 01564 784505.
If anyone wants to sponsor Ross or donate money to the Meningitis Trust contact Angela or drop donations in at the Solihull News shop at 150 High Street, Solihull, B91 3SX.