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VIDEO: Orpington schoolboy walks on hot coals for Calcutta Rescue
2:47pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
Buy this photo » A total of 33 people completed the firewalk in aid of Calcutta Rescue BT77248
A PUPIL at St Olave’s Grammar School in Orpington walked across hot coals at the weekend to help slum dwellers in India.
Finn Duggan, 14, was the youngest of the 33 people who completed the firewalk on Clapham Common on Saturday night in aid of Calcutta Rescue.
Finn, who has so far raised over £300 in sponsorship, said: “I knew that the coals were at about 1,200F and I could feel the heat in the soles of my feet.
"So I was pretty relieved to get across without any noticeable damage. I am really happy that I have done something for charity and am helping people in Kolkata who have so much less than me.”
His father Sean, who organised the firewalk, said: "It was quite nerve-wracking watching Finn cross, as just an hour before I met someone who was seriously injured at a firewalk last year that was not properly run.
“But everyone made it across safely on Saturday and the money they are raising will make a real difference to some of the most disadvantaged people on the planet.
"It will be spent on drugs for people with multi-drug resistant TB, schooling for children who would otherwise never learn to read or write, on health education for expectant mothers and a multitude of other effective projects helping people who have nowhere else to turn."
Find out more about the work of Calcutta Rescue at www.calcuttarescuefund.org.uk
Make a donation to the firewalk at www.justgiving.com/Finn-Duggan
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