Hot Pota-toes!

Posted: 03 November 2014
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You’d expect a Health & Safety Officer to avoid a walk across hot coals at all cost, but David Taylor, from Branston's Scotland site, jumped at the opportunity.

A colleague at the company had a family member who sadly suffered an infant fatality from cot death, and therefore spread the word of the fundraising efforts of The Scottish Cot Death Trust. When they were told of a fire walk arranged to raise funds, David, Environmental & Health & Safety Officer, put himself forward to walk barefoot over hot coals in September. But once wasn’t enough for David – before his feet had even cooled from the first attempt, he completed the walk for a second time to prove it wasn’t a fluke.

Friends, family and colleagues provided sponsorship, helping David raise an impressive sum of £421, which was matched by Branston to give David a total of £842.

David and his fellow fire walking fundraisers have together raised £10,000 for Scottish Cot Death Trust, which aims to improve and extend the support for bereaved families, as well as raising funds for research into the causes of cot death. They also work hard to educate the public and health care professionals about cot death and ways of reducing the risks.

Lynsay Allan, Executive Director at the charity, accepted a cheque from David at an official presentation at Branston’s site in Abernethy. Lynsay commented:

“For us, it’s lovely that Branston got behind both the charity and Dave, and gave us such great support. We’re a very small charity and 79% of our funding comes from families who have experienced a cot death, and their friends and colleagues. In Scotland, one baby dies from cot death every nine days. The more visibility we can get from corporate support and events, the more awareness we can raise for the charity – and that’s what is really important.”

Eric Ritchie, General Manager at the site, added: “The Scottish Cot Death Trust is a charity worthy of our support and I was delighted when Dave took up the challenge. Walking on hot coals is certainly something that fires the imagination, not to mention his feet - well done Dave.”

Image shows Lynsay Allan, David Taylor and EricRitchie, with a cheque for £842.