Ex-mayoresses brave firewalk to help mental health charity

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Judy Horwood, wife of Cllr Len Horwood, who served as Mayor in 2018-19, and Jill Neve, whose husband Cllr David Neve was Mayor in 2014-15, both hot-footed it in aid of the charity Tunbridge
Wells Mental Health Resource.

The pair were joined by Hana Wynne, who also braved the Buster’s Charity Firewalk at the Mercure Hotel in Maidstone on Sunday September 29 for the mental health charity.

Around 40 people took part in the event, raising money for a number of good causes, but it was the two former mayoresses and Ms Wynne who generated the most cash from braving the hot coals – raising £1,681.

In total, around £14,000 was raised for 17 charities at the event.

Jill Neve, who got involved with the charity after her son developed an eating disorder, told the Times that all three of them came away unscathed.

She said: “It was about ten strides in total. I thought my feet would be sore at the end but they weren’t, although they were a little black, but it didn’t hurt.

“They gave us all a very good briefing before
we went across, and told us not to run or stop for pictures!”

They were cheered on by their mayoral husbands, who had to brave a heavy downpour.

Event coordinator Dominic Comins said: “Many congratulations to all the fearless firewalkers who braved the hot coals and rather grim weather at tonight’s event.

“The £14,000 that they raised will make a real difference to charities providing vital services to individuals and communities across and beyond Kent.”

He added: “Heavy rain in the lead-up to the challenge threatened to put a very literal dampener on proceedings.

“But the clouds broke just before the action begun, so everybody managed
to complete the firewalk without
getting drenched.”

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