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Fundraising Fire walk is a Burning Success

22 March 2012

The British Deaf Association (BDA) held a sponsored fire walk as part of its BSL Day campaign at the weekend.

The fire walk, which took place at the Sumners Pub in Preston, attracted a large crowd all eager to watch the fearless firewalkers tread across hot coals to raise money for the BDA’s BSL Day national campaign, which takes place every March.

One of the participants was 12 year-old schoolgirl, Stephanie Murray, who has achieved her level 1 British Sign Language (BSL) qualification. Stephanie not only braved the fire walk but she also successfully completed the arrow-breaking technique and the board-breaking exercise, which train the brain to think mind over matter.

Stephanie said: “I felt really nervous before hand and my heart was beating really fast. I’ve never done anything like this before but I knew I had to do it so I could support the great work of the BDA.”

The Sunday evening event brought together members of both the Deaf and hearing communities and the venue had a great atmosphere, with many families at the pub for Mother’s Day celebrations joining in as spectators. Local companies including Electrapak, Adecco Preston, the Bathstore Preston, Dr Hennessy and the Sumners Pub all kindly sponsored the exciting event.

The fire walk was just one of a number of activities taking place across the country for BSL Day, along with a 2-day signathon in Derby and the BDA’s first BSL Symposium in London.