Ben Roden of Mr Fothergill's has raised more than £1000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society by walking over burning coals at an Ipswich, Suffolk, hotel. He was one of 19 people, including the town's member of Parliament Ben Gummer, who undertook the Firewalk Challenge at the Belstead Brook Hotel on 27 March 2014, raising a total of more than £8000.
Twenty seven year old Ben, who was diagnosed with the illness in 2010, made the 20ft walk across hot coals of more than 1200°F. "It was really good! I'd love to do it again. The Firewalk was one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences", he said. Generous colleagues at Mr Fothergill's contributed more than £750 to Ben's total.
Half of the £8000 raised will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society's national research programme, while half will be spent on grants and support for local people living with the condition. More than 100000 people in the UK have Multiple Sclerosis, with most being diagnosed in their 20s or 30s. For more information log on at www.msscociety.org.uk