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Caring

Hot Footing it for Children with Cancer

On 8 March Avondale staff raised money for children with cancer and this was not by shaking tins or baking cakes...
Wood was laid out and set alight in the form of a pathway and the tinder’s became hot ash. Then the fire walking began...

Avondale Care Home has gained something of a reputation as a centre of excellence for care in the region, with its manager, Shaun Canavan, being awarded the prestigious “Care Manager of the Year” prize at the recent National Care Awards (story here).


 

On Sunday 8 March, a wonderful example of this heart for caring was displayed as staff raised money for children with cancer. And this was not by shaking tins or sponsoring the baking of cakes: on this occasion staff chose to walk across burning ashes.

This dramatic and symbolic display took place in the grounds of the care home, with many staff members freely giving their time, energy (and for some their physical comfort), volunteering to display their belief and passion for those in need.

The beneficiary of the event was Little Heroes Cancer Trust, a charity that is committed to give support and bring moments of joy to children with cancer and their families.

The event began with a secure and safe environment being prepared and laid out in the car park of Avondale Care Home by a member of the charity. Wood was laid out and set alight in the form of a pathway and the tinder’s became hot ash. Then the fire walking began. Divided by no status or department the staff of Avondale walked through both flame and heated embers for the belief in compassion, care and for the children of Little Heroes.

Each member of staff encouraged and supported the other as they proceeded, with belief laughter and high morale overcoming fears and pain.

Through sponsorship from colleagues, family, friends and the wider community, an incredible £1200 was raised for the cause.

Shaun, the manager of Avondale commented: “This was an amazing fun event and it really brought all the team together. There were a few sore feet the day after, but we all felt the cause was well worth it.”