This week’s blog continues our “Meet the team” blog series, introducing our fundraisers to the Findacure community.

Meet our Firewalking team!

Last Saturday, we held Findacure’s first “Dare for Rare” event, inviting fundraisers to walk across hot coals for rare diseases. To support the Cambridge community as well, we opened the event to other local charities to help their fundraising. In total, 23 people braved the fire, raising over £1300 for Findacure. In this blog, you can meet a few members of Team Findacure.

Tim Guilliams

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a young scientist and entrepreneur from Cambridge passionate about making a difference for rare disease patients. Hobbies include rock climbing, snowboarding, hot yoga and running. Guilty pleasure: listening to Harry Potter audio book read by Stephen Fry… perfect break!
Why did you choose to take part in the firewalk for Findacure?
To support the charity Findacure and try something new.
How was the walk? Any blisters?
Much scarier then expected, but no backtracking possible once you’re there. Really pushes you outside of your comfort zone, but definitely worth it. Strongly recommend, lots of fun! (Thank god, no blisters)

Flóra Raffai

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am the Executive Director of Findacure and I lead on many of the patient group empowerment projects here at the charity. In my spare time, I am studying for a part-time Masters in Social Innovation and enjoy going to the gym with Chris to lift heavy (well, heavy for me) weights.
Why did you choose to take part in the firewalk for Findacure?
Firstly, because Findacure is an amazing charity (I may be biased). Secondly, I am coming up on a milestone birthday and I made a bucket list of things I would like to do ahead of it. Amongst the travel, adventure, and experience plans, walking on fire was one of the last things I needed to cross off the list.
How was the walk? Any blisters?
The whole evening was excellent. Ahead of the walk, we had some time with a trainer who tried to show us how we can overcome the challenges in our lives. This included showing us that we could break a steel-tipped arrow with our throat. I was one of the volunteers that proved this was true. After that, walking on fire seemed a lot less terrifying. No blisters, just a small bruise from the arrow.

Chris Rosser

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a consulting Product Design Engineer at Cambridge Consultants. In my day job I help our clients bring ambitious and state of the art products to the marketplace. I grew up in Bristol and moved to Cambridge to study. Once here I couldn’t leave! In my spare time I like to go the gym and I volunteer at Findacure as the IT guy.
Why did you choose to take part in the firewalk for Findacure?
I am always on the lookout for exciting new experiences that I can enjoy with Flóra, my partner. I have been skydiving, scuba diving, surfing, skiing and felt it was time to do something not beginning with s.
How was the walk? Any blisters?
The empowerment seminar before the walk itself was not without excitement. I got to watch Flóra break an arrow with her throat and I got to warm up by walking across broken glass. As for the walk itself, it is an experience to stand in front of 12ft of glowing coals and summon the courage to take the first step. By the end of the walk the soles of my feet were definitely singed! A few small blisters were a brief reminder of the night but they were gone by the next morning. I can’t recommend this enough and will be doing it again!

Rory Stobo

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a Cambridge-based writer and performance artist who pines for his homeland of the cold north. I’m also Chief Copywriter at Sookio, a digital marketing agency with the good fortune to be Findacure’s neighbours.
Why did you choose to take part in the firewalk for Findacure?
I decided to take part in the firewalk as part of a new year’s resolution to push my comfort zone a bit. Not only did repeatedly ramming my feet into burning hot coals fit the bill nicely, I could also raise money for a great cause.
How was the walk? Any blisters?
The walk itself was incredible. There was a lot of pseudo-physics flying around the office beforehand, but nothing can prepare you for the fact that, yes, this is incredibly hot. Getting through it (twice) without chickening out was a fantastic feeling, as well as an interesting story to tell. No blisters, either!

Thank you to everyone who participated and fundraised! If you would like to support any of our daring fundraisers, you can still donate on their fundraising pages here.