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Wigan’s mayor feels the heat
Friday 16th September, 2005

The Mayor of Wigan is set to defy temperatures of up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit early next month when he steps out in support of his chosen charity.

In what is believed to be a north-west ‘first’ for a serving mayor, Cllr Brian Jarvis is taking part in what organisers hope will be the region's biggest-ever fire-walking event. They want the Wigan public to put their best feet forward and join Brian in Wigan town centre on Saturday 1st October, 1.30pm, in aid of Wigan & Leigh Hospice.

Fire-walking involves walking on hot ashes, but Wigan's Mayor is determined to put his feet where his mouth is in support of his chosen charity.

Cllr Jarvis explains: "It's going to be hotter than the council chamber on a Wednesday night and it's a daunting prospect, but it's the cause that counts and I'm sure I'll come through unscathed.

"There can be few organisations that carry out such worthwhile and meaningful work as hospices. The dedication and care they provide is awe-inspiring, and with the support of the great Wigan public we can make sure that Wigan & Leigh Hospice continues to help the people who rely on them most."

Instructor Thomas Wolf adds:

"I've been involved in hundreds of fire walks and no one has ever been injured. All volunteers will be properly trained on the day and I can promise it will be an experience to remember."

The fire-walking event is being sponsored by the Galleries Shopping Centre, Wigan. People are invited to sponsor the Mayor or enrol to do the walk themselves. Anybody interested in joining the mayor and hospice staff should contact Wigan & Leigh Hospice on 01942 525566 or the mayor’s secretary on 01942 827156.

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