Optician staff to take on Firewalk for homeless charity

By Jessica Durston - 8 September 2022


Volunteers from local Haine & Smith practices will be putting their best foot forward while taking part in a charity Firewalk this month.

The Firewalk will take place at HardenHuish School in Chippenham on Saturday, September 17, between 6.30pm - 9.30pm.

To help the opticians’ current charity of the year, Alabaré, five of its team members will be walking barefoot over red-hot wood embers, with a temperature of around 800 degrees, to help end homelessness. 

Recent figures have shown 688 homeless people died across England and Wales last year. By taking part and fundraising for Alabaré and Homes for Veterans, Haine & Smith aim to make a difference in the lives of others living specifically in North Wiltshire. 

Alabaré has recently opened a new home in Chippenham for people in a mental health crisis as an alternative to hospital admission. In addition, Unity House in Chippenham provides up to 30-bed spaces for those seeking emergency accommodation or supported accommodation.

All funds from this event will go to support Alabaré services in this area. 

The team has set up a Go Fund Me page and is hoping to hit their target of £500. Anyone wishing to sponsor the team can visit www.gofundme.com/f/haine-and-smith-opticians-fire-walk

The volunteers taking part are:

  • Emma Woodhouse from the Chippenham practice
  • Catriona MacDonald from the Trowbridge practice
  • Hannah Luker and Jessica Johnson from the Royal Wootton Bassett practice
  • Fran Wattley from the Highworth practice

Friends and family of those involved are invited to attend the Firewalk, and cheer them on. 

For more information on the event, individuals can visit https://chippenhamfirewalk.eventbrite.co.uk 

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