PCSOs preparing to bare their soles for charity fire walk
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Two Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) based in Leicester will most certainly be feeling the heat when they take on a daring fire walk later this month.
Kate Needham and Lorraine King, who both work from Hinckley Road police station, will be putting their bare soles to the most extreme of tests in Leicester's Grand Central Square on Wednesday 15 September in order to raise money for LOROS – a hospice and charity close to both their hearts.
Kate’s husband, David, is currently being supported by LOROS – which supports people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland – as he fights Motor Neurone Disease while Lorraine’s uncle, Jim, spent time at the hospice during his last days battling cancer.
Fire walking, which is known to date back tens of thousands of years, sees people walk bare-foot over hot coals or embers and was once seen as a rite of passage in some cultures. Temperatures can reach 648 degrees Celsius or 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit.
But for Kate and Lorraine, who are part of the Westcotes beat team within the Central Leicester Neighbourhood Policing Area (NPA) – it is simply an opportunity to say thank you and raise money for a good cause.
PCSOs Lorraine King (left) and Kate Needham
Kate, who has been a PCSO for 12 years, said: “LOROS is a charity close to both our hearts. We want to give something back for all the support they’ve shown to ourselves and our families and raise money for a good cause.
“As a PCSO, you never know what the next day will bring and what challenges you might be facing, so what better way to raise money than taking on a new challenge?”
You can donate by visiting www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kate-Lorraine1