Visually impaired man fired up to walk on hot coals

Bilborough man, Neil Beeching who is losing his sight due to an eye condition known as Retinitus Pegmentosa (RP) is preparing to walk over hot coals to thank the local charity that supported him when he needed help.

60 birthday celebrations

Neil decided to mark his 60th birthday by hot footing it over burning embers at the annual Firewalk event taking place at Nottingham Castle on 4 November in aid of local charity, My Sight Notts.
Despite his visual impairment, brave Neil has risen to the challenge laid down by My Sight Notts of walking 20ft over hot coals smouldering at an incredible 800f to raise money for the charity that helped him. 

I want to give something back as a thank you

“I turned 60 this year and I wanted to do something different to mark the occasion," siad Neil. "I've been part of the My Sight Notts family for many years, performing in its panto’s and attending its social groups, so I’m well aware of the excellent work it does. When my electronic magnifier broke down and I couldn’t see to read, which would have meant I couldn’t do my job in a local supermarket, I called on My Sight Notts who loaned me one until my replacement arrived. Its little things like that which makes all the difference and I wanted to give something back to thank them for the support they’ve give me over the years."

It's not too late to join Neil and walk on fire!

It's not too late to join Neil at the annual charity challenge, which takes place on Saturday 4 November against the stunning backdrop of Nottingham Castle. As always the atmosphere promises to be electric as the brave firewalkers are led out to face the walk of their life by Robin Hood and a flaming torch bearer, egged on by a noisy crowd of spectators – which this year will include Neil’s nervous family!

Great entertainment

Spectator tickets are still available for this iconic event in the city’s calendar. Book your tickets now to enjoy firework display, mouth watering food from a range of stalls and the Castle Rock Brewery Bar - all in the beautiful grounds of Nottingham Castle.

Support the event and help local blind and partially sighted people

Jo Sharp, Corporate & Community Fundraiser at My Sight Notts, said: “I’m full of admiration for Neil and all the brave soles preparing to hot foot it across steaming coals to raise money for our charity.
Losing your eyesight and being unable to see and enjoy all the beautiful colours that will light up the night skies around bonfire night is life changing and often devastating for people. My Sight Notts has been supporting the county’s blind and partially sighted children and adults since 1843 and the funds raised by our firewalkers will help to ensure we’re able to continue supporting Neil and people like him in the future.”

Take part

Register to walk on fire costs £10, or £5 each if you register with a friend (with a £99 sponsorship target.) Spectator tickets can be brought for £10 per adult, £7 concessions, £4 children and £25 for a family ticket that admits 2 adults and 3 children. Tickets can be brought online from: http://www.mysightnotts.org.uk/events/walk-on-fire-nottingham-castle-4th-nov
Directly from Castle Gatehouse, the Tourist Information Centre in Market Square or from the My Sight Notts charity shop 10-12 Carlton Street in Hockley or from our Equipment Centre in the Victoria Centre market.
Gates open at 7pm and the firework display gets underway at 9pm.

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