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Local woman to walk over fire in memory of friend

Emma Smith, aged 25 has made the brave decision to take part in The Forever Friends Appeal’s Fire Walk in memory of her dear friend Nicola Robertson, who passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday 15th March 2013 aged 28, just 11 months after being diagnosed with cancer.

Emma, who lives in Chippenham, explains: “I first met Nic at work; she took me under her wing and we soon became good friends. Nic and her three children became a massive part of my life”.

Following Nic’s diagnosis in April 2011, both Nic and her mother Bev Viveash became loyal supporters of The Forever Friends Appeal, whose RUH Cancer Care Campaign is currently over half way to achieving its aim of raising £8.5 million, which will contribute vital funds to the building of a pioneering new Cancer Centre at Bath’s Royal United Hospital, whose staff provided care for Nic during her cancer treatment.

Emma says, “Nic was one of the bravest people I know and so to continue in her memory, I’m taking part in the Fire Walk to raise money for this worthy cause which will provide better facilities for cancer patients and their families at the RUH, providing a better future for others, as I know this is what Nic would have wanted”.

The Appeal’s Fire Walk takes place on Sunday 15th March in Alexandra Park, Bath, which will coincidently mark the second anniversary of Nic’s passing. Emma continues: “The date of the Fire Walk is significant and is what first drew the event to my attention. I have always wanted to take part in a Fire Walk and I know Nic would find it very amusing that I am raising funds in her memory by potentially burning my feet; this is the kind of friendship we had!”

The Forever Friends Appeal’s Fire Walk will take place on Sunday 15th March at 6pm in Bath’s Alexandra Park and is being organized by Time4Change and its founder Cliff Mann, the most experienced firewalking instructor in Europe. The entry fee for the event is £30 and all entrants are expected to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship towards the Cancer Care Campaign.

Events & Community Officer at the Appeal, Emily Lynch says: “We are so grateful to Emma for facing her fears in support of the Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign. Taking part in a Fire Walk is a great way to challenge yourself, increase your confidence and overcome your fears while making a real difference at the Royal United Hospital. This is the first time in many years that the Appeal has organized a Fire Walk and as such, we’re encouraging all of our supporters to face their fears to raise money for what will be an exceptional new Cancer Centre at the RUH”.

If you would like to take part in the Fire Walk, there are still limited places left!  To sign up online, please visit our Fire Walk page or call 01225 821535 for more information.

To sponsor Emma and help support The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign, please visit www.justgiving.com/Emma-Louise-Smith3

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