Brighton woman taking part in a walk through hot coals in memory of mum

A WOMAN ventures barefoot over glowing coals for the hospice her mother cared for.

Tracie Milnes, 53, from Brighton, attends in memory of her mother Linda, who was cared for by the Martlets before she died in 2000 aged 49.

The Spooky Challenge takes place on October 9th at The Ladies Mile Pub on Mackie Avenue, Patcham, Brighton.

Martlets Hospice, which is temporarily based at nearby Maycroft Manor Care Home, is asking participants to work towards a collective fundraising goal of £12,500. People can sign up for £25 to attend.

The Argus: Linda Milnes, right, with daughter TracieLinda Milnes, right, with daughter Tracie

She said: “I’m taking part in the fire walk in memory of my mother Linda. I spent a few months of my life in hospice taking care of her along with the nursing team.

“Since I was young and stubborn, I wanted to do anything for her. With the support of the staff we have shared some lovely moments – bathing, spending time in the garden and talking about everything from their lives to the EastEnders.

“I even had the opportunity to host a birthday party for my daughter while Mom was there. I can’t thank them enough for the support they have given me and my mum so I couldn’t wait to take the opportunity to give something back to this special place.

The Argus: Linda MilnesLinda Milnes

“A firewalk felt a little different than the usual type of fundraiser and I can’t wait to be a part of it. I’m also a bit nervous as it’s a challenging charity event… I usually do quite a lot of charity events but keep them in my comfort zone.

“Thanks to the support of my friends and family, I have already achieved my goal, but I want to raise more if I can. I would encourage anyone thinking of taking up a challenge to sign up and do the walk with me too.”

Tracie has already surpassed her £200 goal and has raised £350 for the Martlets so far.

The Argus: The Martlets Hospice in Hove. Image by Sophie Mitchell PhotographyThe Martlets Hospice in Hove. Image by Sophie Mitchell Photography

Hayley Kenward of the Martlets fundraising team said: “We are looking for brave supporters like Tracie who can take the shortest, hottest and bravest walk of the year in memory of a loved one or as a personal challenge.

“Taking on a personal challenge can help you remember and create treasured memories. You also help us raise money to support other people affected by a terminal illness and make sure they are making the most of their time.

“You don’t need any experience to do a firewalk as we will train you before the event and give you plenty of support to help you reach your fundraising goal.”

All funds collected go to support the hospice in its palliative care for people with incurable diseases.

Martlets has made a temporary move while its existing location in Wayfield Avenue, Hove, is being transformed as part of a £10m refurbishment.

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