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Crystal Palace man faces the flames for slum dwellers in India
A Crystal Palace man crossed a bed of coals heated to 1,200F at the weekend to raise money for a charity helping slum dwellers in India.
Dermot Boyle of Camden Hill Road, an unemployed corporate entertainer, took part in the firewalk on Clapham Common on Saturday night in aid of Calcutta Rescue.
Mr Boyle, who has volunteered for the charity in the UK for the past five years, said: “Charging over the coals gave me the same sort of buzz as entertaining corporate clients used to give me.
"As virtually every penny raised for Calcutta Rescue goes to give people who need it most a chance it means even someone like me can make a big difference.”
Sean Duggan, who helped organise the firewalk, said it has raised almost £13,000 so far.
He said: "Thank you so much to Dermot and all the courageous souls who took up this challenge. The money they are raising will make a real difference to some of the most disadvantaged people on the planet.
"It will be spent on drugs for people with multi-drug resistant TB, schooling for children who would otherwise never learn to read or write, on health education for expectant mothers and a multitude of other effective projects helping people who have nowhere else to turn."
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