Brave soles from across Belfast are signing up thick and fast to walk on fire to raise money for a suicide prevention charity – and write themselves into the record books.

In less than three weeks nearly 70 people have already put their names forward for the PIPS Feet of Flames Firewalk at the Belfast Media Group headquarters on Thursday, October 20.

Local suicide awareness charity PIPS Programmes, in conjunction with the Belfast Media Group, are attempting to break the Irish record of the most firewalkers in one attempt and they need at least 150 volunteers.

Staff at the Belfast Media Group, including Head of Research and Development John Ferris, are among those who have put their names forward for the big event which takes place at our offices at Hannahstown Hill.

Robert Mooney, volunteer at PIPS and the Firewalk organiser, said they are still on course for their target.

“At the last count we had 65, and there were a few more to confirm this week, so we are still on course for the record,” he said.

“But we need one last push in the coming weeks, so if anybody out there would like to take on the challenge and do their bit for a life saving charity get in touch with us.”

Robert Mooney, who first got involved with the charity after the death of his niece 16-year-old niece Terri-Anne Mackin in 2009, said his family are keen to do all they can for PIPS after the support they were offered following the death of the Colaiste Feirste pupil.

He said participants should aim to raise at least £100 in sponsorship, but any amount will be warmly received.

To apply for a fire walk pack phone PIPS on 90287836 or 90805850; Email or or write to Pips Programmes, Unit 34 North City Business Centre, 2 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, BT15 2GG. Registration and information packs can also be picked up at the Belfast Media Group HQ at Hannahstown Hill and our North Belfast office on the Antrim Road.