Emmerdale stars among fundraisers who walked across glass and fire for charity
FORGET walking on water – these fundraisers bared their feet to broken glass and fire to help make the dreams of seriously ill children come true.
Daredevils including three cast members of Emmerdale, Nicola Wheeler, Alicya Eyo and Kelli Hollis, plucked up courage in aid of When You Wish Upon A Star (WYWUAS).
At Grimsby's Masonic Hall on Sunday, adrenaline ran through every participant's body.
The first event to take place was the glass walk which saw people step across four metres of sterilised smashed wine bottles.
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Simon Piggott, of Milton Road, Grimsby, took on the nail biting walk for his nephew.
Ryan Piggott, 8, was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of three.
He has since had an operation and treatment to remove parts of it and his family say for now it is inactive.
The WYWUAS charity has helped both Ryan and his family to smile again, sending them to Center Parcs and to see the Red Arrows.
With this in mind, Simon, 42, wanted to do all he could to help raise more money so other children similar to his nephew could benefit.
He said: "When I heard about the fire and glass walk I was all for it.
"Seeing what Ryan has been through puts everything into perspective and I wanted to do my bit to help.
"I think the charity is fantastic, hopefully I have raised over £1,000 for them.
"Both events were great but very surreal."
For Emmerdale star Nicola Wheeler, taking on both the glass and fire walk for the first time was very daunting.
However she cannot stress enough just how great the training was beforehand.
She said: "It made me feel really relaxed across the glass and then I was full of energy to take on the fire.
"Both events were great and I would consider doing them again.
"You hear all about the terrible rumours such as the glass cutting your feet and the fire burning you but nobody was hurt and everyone taking part had fun.
"I have supported the WYWUAS charity for a while now and have joined organisers Pat Wright and her daughter Joanne Heywood on their annual Lapland trip.
"The charity is invaluable for the family of each sick child as not only do they put a smile on the child's face but their parents too.
"I would encourage as many people as possible to support them."
The fire walk was a lane about 20ft long and 3ft wide of burning wood.
Kim Robson, of Grimsby, has always wanted to do this challenge and could think of no better way than doing it to raise money for the charity.
The mum-of-one said: "Pat and Joanne do a brilliant job for these ill children and this is my way of supporting them. I did look at the lane of fire at first and thought 'I could never cross that', but I am so glad I did.
"I would do it all again and would encourage others to have a go next time."