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50 'brave soles' walk on fire and raise over £18,000 for Manchester!

We Love MCR Charity made history last night with the first, and probably last, Firewalk on St Peter’s Square in Manchester!

Video below filmed on the night by one of our Rising Stars, Dylan!

Massive congratulations and an even bigger thanks to the 50 fearless firewalkers who raised over £18,000 for us in a daring firewalk in the heart of the City. A massive crowd drew as the flames rose, and then began cheering on the brave ‘soles’ as each of them completed steps across 700 degree hot coals, against a backdrop of Manchester’s Central Library.

In her first outing for We Love MCR as our newest Trustee, Deputy Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Donna Ludford took to the coals, as did influencer/TV personality Rosie Williams who was just announced last week as our latest Charity Ambassador.

Trustee, Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Donna Ludford walking across the coals
Donna taking to the coals!

As ever, our Chair of Trustees, Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Tommy Judge oversaw the drama of the night, and gave a rousing speech before the walkers undertook their necessary training.

The training came from industry specialists Darren and Cliff, from Time 4 Change, 30+ year firewalking veterans - they did an outstanding job of keeping all participants safe, prepared for the task ahead, and making it a night to remember.

Darren and Cliff from Time 4 Change preparing the bed of coals
Darren and Cliff from Time 4 Change stoking the flames!

Our own Ged Carter said:

“This was our first fundraising event in 2 years, and what a way to return! Congratulations to all walkers for showing incredible confidence on the coals, and exemplary fundraising by raising over £15,000.This will go directly to our work supporting Manchester’s fantastic communities and ambitious young people. It really is a case of “By Manchester, In Manchester, For Manchester!”

Charity Ambassador Rosie Williams walking across the coals
Rosie making her way over the blazing heat!

After the £1million we distributed last year through our Covid-19 Community Response Fund, fundraising events like this are vital to ensuring our work supporting Manchester can continue. All the money raised from the event will go to our two primary projects: the Stronger Communities Fund and Manchester’s Rising Stars Fund.

The successful fire-walkers posing for a group photograph with the Lord Mayor in Central Library Cafe
The successful fire-walkers!

The event was generously sponsored by Deansgate-based tech company Sync, who partnered with us earlier in 2021.

We're already planning for next years event, and might even need your guys help to decide what challenge we're going to put to the people of Manchester next... Keep an eye out!


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