Firewalking ladies raise over £3000

FOUR women completed a charity fire-walk in memory of a friend who died of motor neurone disease.

Louise Jones, 34, Polly Baker, 43, Sophie Cudwoth, 33 and Zoe Richards, 29, who all work for Invesco Perpetual in Henley, took part in the challenge at Northampton cricket ground.

They were given an hour-long motivational speech before walking over 600 degree embers with the backing of a Brazilian samba band.

Mrs Jones said: "There was a crowd of about 200 spectators and there was a real buzz in the air. You are so set on looking forward and walking that it isn’t until the end that you start to realise how hot it is."

The quartet called themselves Peter’s Firebirds after their colleague Peter Banks, who died in May, aged 66.

The women have raised more than £3,000 for the MND Association with other fund-raising events, including quiz nights, cake sales and a work dress-down day. For more information, visit

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