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Siblings firewalk in memory of their disabled brother

Liam and Charley Davis holding their firewalking certificates

A brother and sister who lost a disabled family member have raised funds for a local charity  by walking barefoot over a bed of hot coals.

Charley and Liam Davis, from Bristol, took on the Firewalk challenge held by the Children’s Hospice South West charity [CHSW] held at Charlton Farm in Somerset.

The siblings signed up to the event in memory of their brother Jack who passed away when he was eight from health complications.

His sister Charley, 44, from Kingswood, told BBC News: "It was an exhilarating experience to walk over hot coals. It was certainly a case of mind over matter.”

Jack lived with severe hearing loss, Cerebral Palsy and Downs Syndrome, he was welcomed into the family by his mum and dad, Sandie and Jim Davis, when he was two.

"Jack arrived in 2007. He was severely disabled and was tiny and couldn't do anything for himself," Charley explained.

"But he immediately became part of the family. He was a happy character and had a smile which lit up the room.”

Two years later, when he was four, Charley experienced a seizure which led to him being placed in an induced coma where he almost lost his life.

He survived, but from then on Charley would have more seizures on a regular basis.

Jack wearing a bear onesie

Jack wearing a bear onesie

As his health deteriorated the family were supported by CHSW’s Charlton Farm hospice, near Wraxall, which provided respite care.

In 2013 Jack, now 8, was admitted to Bristol Children’s Hospital suffering from a chest infection, just two days later he passed away surrounded by his family.

Charley said: "The hospice continued to support us through that incredibly sad time and beyond."  

To say thanks to the staff Jack’s family continue to be involved in fundraising activities to support CHSW.

CHSW corporate fundraiser Sarah Heppenstall said: "There was such a lovely atmosphere at Firewalk Bristol and already the event has raised over £3,000."

[ The sensation of firewalking is described by some as walking on eggshells, and others as walking on hot sand. ]

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