Politician to test how thick his skin is . . . by braving 1000F hot coals

By Stephen Houston

A politician planning to walk barefoot on burning coals says his charity fundraiser will be less scary than his first speech in parliament.

MSP Russell Findlay aims to walk across embers with a temperature of 1000 degrees Fahrenheit to raise money for Beatson Cancer Charity.

It’s in honour of his auntie, a former maths teacher at Park Mains High in Erskine.

The Scottish Conservative member for West Scotland said: “I can’t say I’m looking forward to it but it actually feels slightly less daunting than the first time I stood up to speak in the Holyrood chamber.

“As a new politician, with virtually no experience of public speaking, it was not easy, especially knowing that every single word and movement is being recorded.”

He is taking on the fire walk challenge in memory of his aunt Margaret Fleming, 74, who died from cancer in July.

Russell adored his lovely aunt (Submittted)

The retired Park Mains maths teacher survived breast cancer more than 20 years ago, but it returned.

MSP Russell, who has already raised more than £800, said: “My aunt had a heart of gold and was the personification of kindness and decency.

“She was spirited, fun, thoughtful, loving and selfless.

“For her life to be taken so cruelly devastated so many people and I wanted to do something positive in her memory.

“She raised a lot of money for Beatson Cancer Charity with garden open days and also spent years as a volunteer working at the charity’s garden, so this seemed fitting.

Keen gardener - Margaret and her husband Jock Fleming in their greenhouse (Family)

“A fire walk is exactly the kind of extreme and challenging activity she would have embraced, followed by a few gin and tonics, and every penny raised will support patients and families facing cancer.”

The fire walk will take place on a Glasgow city centre rooftop this Friday evening.

Donations can be made at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/russellfindlay

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