Sole destroying stunt for charity

PUBLISHED: 09:50 02 October 2011

Alan Down from Cleeve Nursery takes on the challenge

Alan Down from Cleeve Nursery takes on the challenge


TWO men from Cleeve Nursery have helped raise more than £1,000 for poverty-stricken children in Nepal by walking over burning cobbles.

Owner Alan Down and employee Callum Holman completed the daring feat on behalf of the Help Rural Nepal charity.

The money will help support the rural community of Dhading who recently lost its village primary school to a landslide and required the charity’s support to get the community back on its feet.

Alan said the area meant a lot to the nursery as it had proved a good source of plants.

He said: “We are always struck by their friendly and smiling faces when they live in such abject poverty. They are far more upbeat than us in the West who have everything.”

And both men were happy to survive the 500C coals without any burns or blisters.

Alan said: “We had almost an hour’s preparation behind closed doors to get us in the right frame of mind because it’s pretty much mind over matter. It was remarkable that we felt nothing.”

“To be honest I’d much rather do a fire walk than a half marathon or a marathon which involves months and months of training!

“It’s a charity we have supported right the way through. The last event they held was a quiz and that was much more the kind of thing I enjoy!”

For more information about the pair’s fundraising efforts visit

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