Brave mum pulls off red hot fire walk 'feet' for domestic abuse victims

Tracey Snelling with her fire walk certificate.

Tracey Snelling with her fire walk certificate.

First published in The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

A MUM-OF-TWO “hotfooted it” to the other side of the country to take part in a daredevil charity challenge.

Tracey Snelling, of Chestnut Grove, Outwood, was part of a team of 25 people who walked on a 20ft path of red hot burning coals in bare feet.

There were no cold feet as Tracey and her fellow firewalkers, nicknamed #TeamInferno, completed the fire walk on a windy night in Cambridgeshire earlier this month.

They took part in the challenge as part of fundraising group Running4Refuge, set up by domestic abuse specialists at Cambridgeshire Police, and their feat has so far raised more than £3,300 for the victims of domestic violence. Tracey said: “It was an amazing experience — standing next to the fire you could feel the heat.

“It was like being at a bonfire.

“It was such a windy night the embers were flying everywhere and we were told the wind made it one of the hottest fires the organisers had ever seen.

“As you walk across the coals you can feel the embers going into your toes.

My feet were tingling for a good few hours afterwards.”

Fabulous fundraiser Tracey has previously gone behind bars to spend a day in a Victorian police cell, completed a 200ft abseil in Bristol despite being terrified of heights and swum with sharks at the Blue Planet Aquarium. She added: “I’m really pleased I did the hot coals walk, and it will help a worthy cause.

“Roll on the next challenge — just a gentle bit of an extreme sport known as rock climbing.”

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