Barking therapist braving hot coals for hospice

PUBLISHED: 15:00 27 February 2016

Farrah Idris, of Park Avenue, Barking, will walk acros hot coals for charity next month

Farrah Idris, of Park Avenue, Barking, will walk acros hot coals for charity next month


A fearless massage therapist will brave red-hot burning coals to raise money for a hospice next month.

Farrah Idris, of Park Avenue, Barking, is hoping to generate £150 for St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney – where she works part-time – by taking part in a fire-walk March 16.

The 39-year-old, who also working as a complimentary therapist at the Bath House, in the Barking Learning Centre, has already raised £110 in sponsorship through her JustGiving page.

“Some people think I’m a bit nuts but I’m definitely looking forward to it,” she admitted.

“I’ll probably feel differently on the day itself, but there’s 16 of us doing it so I won’t be alone.

“I just want to raise some money and awareness of the work the hospice does – and hopefully have a bit of fun in the process.

“A fire-walk was one of the things suggested by the hospice’s in-house team and I thought it’s something that will challenge me at the same time.”

One of the oldest and largest hospices in the capital, having been founded in 1905 by the Religious Sisters of Charity, St Joseph’s Hospice is an independent charity providing compassionate support and care for people with life-limiting conditions and terminal illnesses across east London both at home and at the hospice.

Offering a range of services including in-patient care, respite care, day hospice and spiritual care, the hospice supports patients with more than just the physical symptoms of their illness and claims to consider the emotional, psychological, financial, social and practical impact of the illness on the patient, their family and their friends and carers.

And Farrah, who was inspired to “do something different”, insists the hospice’s fund-raising work is vital for its survival.

“I’ve had family and friends that have used the hospice, and I obviously work there too, so I’ve seen the amazing work they do first-hand,” she added.

“They actually have to fund-raise themselves and raise £7million a year just to stay open, but they also provide a lot of services for free too.

“They offer end-of-life care, counselling for the terminally ill and relaxation therapy alongside a host of other things, so it’s hugely important that people continue to raise money for them.”

Visit for more information or to donate to Farrah’s page.

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