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Southampton firewalk returns to mark second anniversary of Maggie’s Centre

On Saturday 4 February 2023, supporters of Maggie’s in Southampton will be participating in a fire walk in front of the city walls outside WestQuay shopping centre, to celebrate the second anniversary of the centre opening, World Cancer Day and raise much needed funds.

Anyone in the Southampton area can get involved with the firewalk, the practice of walking barefoot on hot embers, designed to help transform fear and inspire people to do things they didn’t think possible.

Will Ham, Maggies Southampton’s Fundraising Manager, said: “Firewalking is an ancient ritual practiced around the world to demonstrate strength, courage, and faith. One of the most destructive forces preventing people from achieving their goals and dreams is fear, a barrier which stands in the way of success, risk-taking and achievement. Through confronting and overcoming one of the most common and fundamental human fears by walking on fire, participants learn that their limitations are not inevitable, but rather the result of self-limiting beliefs. Many participants who fire walk report experiencing a huge mind-shift when they realise that they can overcome their fear and go on to apply new insights to situations in their lives which they wish to change’.

“This will be our second firewalk event we have held, and we are very excited to host it at The Esplanade, Westquay once again. We hope that as many people as possible in the local area will sign up to take part in support of Maggies Southampton! I would also like to extend a huge thank you to WestQuay who are our official venue sponsor and Flourish for providing the space for Blaze to carry out the seminar. Without the incredible generosity of local businesses and our supporters, our vital work would not be possible.”

The firewalk participants will start at 6.00pm with registration and a seminar at Flourish which, by blending a combination of no-nonsense, easily explainable scientific principals with proven motivational skills, will take participants to a level where they will be eager to walk on fire. The actual firewalk itself will take place at 8.30pm with all spectators welcome outside Westquay, The Esplanade.

Anyone wanting to get involved can sign up before 3 February at or search Eventbrite Maggie’s Southampton Firewalk. The walk is £20 per person with the aim to raise £80 per person through sponsorship. The age restriction is 16+ with an adult needing to be present if the participant is aged 16–18 years old.

Based near to University Hospital Southampton’s oncology centre, a leader in cancer research and a global centre of excellence, Maggies will receive 20,000 visits annually when fully established. For many of the 5,000 people who get diagnosed at Southampton each year, a cancer diagnosis will mean exhausting treatment, tough questions, and difficult emotions. This is where Maggie’s comes in. Set in a peaceful garden Maggie’s Southampton is a warm and welcoming place, with qualified professionals on hand to offer an evidence-based core programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing for people living with cancer, their family and friends.

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