Portsmouth pub-goers brave the heat to fundraise for charity

Pictures from the Northcote Hotel, in Southsea, where 14 people walk on hot coals. Pictures: Sarah Standing
Pictures from the Northcote Hotel, in Southsea, where 14 people walk on hot coals. Pictures: Sarah Standing

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IT WAS a fundraiser of a different kind as pub-goers walked on hot coals for charity.

The Northcote Hotel, in Francis Avenue, Southsea, held the event which saw 14 people walk on hot coals six times to raise money for the Little Heroes Cancer Trust.

29/11/2014 (NEWS)''Landlord Barry Kewell and customers of The Northcote Hotel in Francis Avenue, Southsea, walked over hot coals on Saturday evening raising money Little Heroes Cancer Trust.  ''Pictured is: (front) Chrissie Blackman (21) from Eastney, takes the lead over the hot coals.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143422-9871) PPP-141129-225435001

29/11/2014 (NEWS)''Landlord Barry Kewell and customers of The Northcote Hotel in Francis Avenue, Southsea, walked over hot coals on Saturday evening raising money Little Heroes Cancer Trust. ''Pictured is: (front) Chrissie Blackman (21) from Eastney, takes the lead over the hot coals.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143422-9871) PPP-141129-225435001

Organised by landlord of the pub Barry Kewell, the charity do raised £1,600.

Barry, 65, said: ‘We saw a flyer advertising the fire walk.

‘The darts team said they would be up for it so I set about organising it.’

The coal and wood had to burn for two hours and reached 1,000C.

29/11/2014 (NEWS)  Landlord Barry Kewell and customers of The Northcote Hotel in Francis Avenue, Southsea, walked over hot coals on Saturday evening raising money Little Heroes Cancer Trust.    Pictured is: David Clavelle (32) from Southsea, during his turn over the hot coals.  Picture: Sarah Standing (143422-9919) PPP-141129-225528001

29/11/2014 (NEWS) Landlord Barry Kewell and customers of The Northcote Hotel in Francis Avenue, Southsea, walked over hot coals on Saturday evening raising money Little Heroes Cancer Trust. Pictured is: David Clavelle (32) from Southsea, during his turn over the hot coals. Picture: Sarah Standing (143422-9919) PPP-141129-225528001

Barry added: ‘It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

‘I was a little bit nervous but no-one suffered any major burns – just a few blisters.

‘It was a really fantastic evening and we were so proud of how much we managed to raise.

‘I managed to raise £500 because I think everyone wanted to see the landlord burn his feet.

29/11/2014 (NEWS)''Landlord Barry Kewell and customers of The Northcote Hotel in Francis Avenue, Southsea, walked over hot coals on Saturday evening raising money Little Heroes Cancer Trust.  ''Pictured is: Landlord of The Northcote Hotel Barry Kewell during his turn across the hot coals.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143422-9945) PPP-141129-225119001

29/11/2014 (NEWS)''Landlord Barry Kewell and customers of The Northcote Hotel in Francis Avenue, Southsea, walked over hot coals on Saturday evening raising money Little Heroes Cancer Trust. ''Pictured is: Landlord of The Northcote Hotel Barry Kewell during his turn across the hot coals.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143422-9945) PPP-141129-225119001

‘Everyone said they loved it.’