Keep ‘Er Lit for Guide Dogs NI


This October, we’re challenging you to take part in an event like no other, putting your courage to the test in front of the iconic floodlit backdrop of Queen’s University.

We’re offering just 70 fearless folk the chance to walk on fire. You don’t need any experience – just a big dose of courage. This thrilling, one off event will put your bravery and the soles of your feet to the test as you walk over hot coals up to 1200F.

Put your best paw forward and help us blaze a trail for Guide Dogs NI, because sight loss is life-changing but so are guide dogs.


What is a Firewalk?

Firewalking refers to the activity of walking on hot embers without burning the bare soles of one’s feet.

Under expert guidance on the day, you will train your mind to prepare to walk barefoot over coals reaching up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit.


Do I need previous training?

Unlike some other challenge events, such as marathons and sponsored swims, you don’t need to spend hours in the gym to do a firewalk.  Much of the experience is down to conquering your fears.


Why do we ask for sponsorship?

Every hour, another person in the UK goes blind. We need your help to ensure that when they lose their sight, they don’t lose their freedom as well.

The minimum sponsorship is £100 but our fundraising team will give you all the tools you need to talk-the-talk, so you can walk-the-walk!


Step 1: Register at

Step 2: Fundraise at least £100 (with support from Guide Dogs NI)

Step 3: Walk on fire in front of the iconic Queen’s University campus

Step 4: Celebrate and meet our four legged life changers!


Ian Firewalk

Your support really could help to change lives right here in NI. Lives like Sarah’s, who says “My guide dog is such a wonderful companion and has totally changed my life. Dean has given me back my confidence and independence – I feel so proud to have him by my side.


I’m just one of the many people Guide Dogs NI have helped and your support makes incredible partnerships like mine and Dean’s possible.   The Northern Ireland team really appreciate all the efforts of supporters and volunteers, without your help Guide Dogs NI would not exist.”

Every day people contact Guide Dogs to ask for our support. We want to be able to help them all. Money raised from this event will enable us to continue our life changing work and help more people like Sarah, to have the same freedom of movement as everyone else.


About Guide Dogs

Every hour, another person in the UK loses their sight and if this happens to you, Guide Dogs is there to make sure you don’t lose your freedom as well.


We want everyone who experiences sight loss to be able to live their lives the way they choose and feel confident, independent and supported in the world. We’re a UK-wide charity, founded in 1934, and we’re specialists in giving people who are blind or partially sighted the means to live life on their own terms and to step out into the world again. Find out more at


To help us continue our life-changing work, we rely on donations from individuals – the guide dog service does not receive any government funding. There are almost two million people in the UK living with sight loss today, a number which is predicted to double to four million by 2050, so we need your support to reach as many people who are blind or partially sighted as possible.


For further information, please contact:

Ian Baxter-Crawford – Communications, Guide Dogs NI

M: 07785 926 936 E:

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