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

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

The Scottish Conservative MSP 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.”

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

The retired maths teacher, who previously taught at Erskine’s Park Mains High School, survived breast cancer more than 20 years ago but it returned.

West Scotland MSP Findlay, who has already raised more than £800, said: “My aunt was the 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.

“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 on Friday, 17th September 2021 and donations can be made at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/russellfindlay.