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Could you stand the heat to support disabled veterans?

This Valentine’s weekend, only the bravest fundraisers will be facing their fears and walking across hot coals to support a Sussex-based veterans’ charity.

The Valentine’s Firewalk involves participants carrying out a barefoot walk over red-hot wood embers measuring around 800 degrees. The challenge will help raise funds for Care for Veterans, a charity that provides care and rehabilitation to ex-service personnel from its 60-bed facility in Worthing. The event takes place at the Thomas A Becket Pub on Rectory Rd in Worthing from 4pm until 6pm on Sunday 13 February.

Ann-Marie Shine-Newton from Stanford Legal Services in Worthing has already signed up for the challenge. She said: “I have signed up with my colleagues at Stanford Legal Services to take on the Valentine’s Firewalk. I am very excited and maybe a little scared about taking on the challenge. We already work alongside Care for Veterans to provide legal clinics for residents, staff and supporters, so we know it’s a fantastic cause. We are really pleased to be able to help raise the vital funds to ensure they can continue the wonderful work they do to help disabled veterans.”

Christine Gillott, Senior Fundraiser at Care for Veterans, said: “I am joining our supporters and taking on the Firewalk on behalf of the disabled veterans who are cared for the charity and who are no strangers to facing their fears while serving in the armed forces. Many of them would love to participate in the Firewalk but cannot due to their disabilities. At Care for Veterans, we provide vital services for disabled ex-Service personnel. This includes physiotherapy and occupational therapy sessions, which improve independence and quality of life by helping with the everyday tasks most of us take for granted. The proceeds from the event will help towards our fundraising target to ensure we can continue providing these services to help ex-military when they need them the most.”

To sign up for the challenge, put down a deposit of £25 to reserve your place, then raise £100 in sponsorship. All proceeds will support Care for Veterans to provide its comprehensive and high standard of care to help disabled veterans achieve their rehabilitation goals.

Current residents are aged between 36 and 101 years old and the majority have Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) or a degenerative neurological condition, such as multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and Parkinson’s.

The charity receives no regular Government funding and must raise over £1.5 million each year to maintain its nursing and rehabilitation services for ex-Service personnel and their immediate families. It provides services such as nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy to help rehabilitate those who live there to live more independent lives.

For more information about Care for Veterans, visit, call 01903 213458 or email

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