Crowds hot foot it for charity

Heroic Black Country soldier Karl Hinett was one of dozens of volunteers who hot-footed it across burning coals to raise thousands of pounds for a cancer charity.

The event took place at Ye Olde Foundry Pub, in King Street, Dudley, to bring in much-needed funds for children’s cancer charity Little Heroes. And Karl, who recently carried the Olympic torch and helped create the flame used to light the Paralympic torch, was on hand to help raise the cash.

The 25-year-old from Tipton suffered severe burns when the tank he was in was petrol bombed in Iraq. Staff at the pub have helped him to raise cash for his own charity efforts and he returned the favour at the hot coals event. Licensees Mandy and Ken Jinks were delighted when residents packed out the pub to support the challenge. A total of £3,748 was raised with bar staff along bringing in sponsorship of £600.