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Peter’s birthday challenge

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Peter Beighton, from Blackpool, who is the oldest person to sign up for the Fire & Ice Walk for Hospice Heroes

Photo Ian Robinson Peter Beighton, from Blackpool, who is the oldest person to sign up for the Fire & Ice Walk for Hospice Heroes

When the chance to walk on fire and shards of broken glass comes along, not everyone is rushing to get in line.

But one South Shore man is more than keen – and he’s set to be the oldest to take part in a fire and ice walk being organised as part of our Trinity Hospice appeal.

Prof Peter Beighton says he is looking forward to the challenge, which takes place on his 80th birthday.

He will spend the evening of his birthday walking across hot coals and possibly broken glass for our £200,000 campaign, supporting Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice.

“It’s a new adventure,” he said. “It’s an extreme way of celebrating my 80th birthday.”

Prof Beighton used to be a medical doctor, and says he is interested to see what happens when he walks across burning coals.

But it’s not the first time he’s risked the soles of his feet at the hands of extreme heat.

More than 40 years ago he walked 600km across the centre of the Sahara Desert barefoot.

He said: “I know what it’s like to walk across hot sand, but hot coals are definitely one up from that.”

The walk takes place at Blackpool FC on June 26.

Proceeds will go to our Hospice Heroes appeal, which aims to raise £200,000 towards the biggest refurbishment in Trinity’s 29-year history.

Prof Beighton, of Lytham Road, South Shore, added: “I am strongly in favour of the principles of the hospice. They do a good job there, and I am happy to support them.

“I am excited to be doing this.”

Places are still available for the Fire and Ice walk, which is being organised by UK Firewalks. For information email enquiries@trinityhospice.co.uk or call (01253) 359355.

Participants must be aged over 16.

 

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