BRAVE residents are being encouraged to strip off their footwear and take part in the hottest event of the year by walking on fire in Haddington to raise money for St Columba’s Hospice.

St Columba’s Hospice Care is seeking 50 brave souls to take on its first ever firewalk in St Mary’s Pleasance on October 28.

Participants will be prepared with a 90-minute motivational workshop, presented by Firewalk Scotland, designed to fully prepare participants for the challenge through high-impact tools, games and activities, before removing their footwear, putting on a brave face and heading out over 10 feet of wood embers burning at 500 degrees Celsius.

There are only 50 places for the event, with sign-up £20 per entry, and participants are asked to raise £100 or more.

Claire Bolt, event manager for St Columba’s Hospice Care, said: “We’re so excited to be holding our very first firewalk in Haddington, especially after having to postpone it for so long!

“It’s a different kind of event to the ones the hospice has hosted in the past, so it’s been great to have such a brilliant response from our supporters.

“We have 50 places available and they’re going fast so we recommend anyone interested registers as soon as possible to secure a place.

“Every single pound raised through the firewalk will directly help patients and their families here in East Lothian, through one of the toughest periods of their lives.”

Attendees must be 18 or over and attend the 90-minute workshop prior to the walk.

It is advised that contributors do not prepare their feet with lotion and that they remove any nail polish three to four days in advance.

All participants will get a hospice t-shirt, a certificate and a bottle of fizz to take home.

Visit to secure a spot.