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Feline brave? Then take a walk over hot coals!

16 September 2021
Feline brave?  Then take a walk over hot coals!

Here at Tyneside Adoption Centre we are inviting cat lovers to take on a daring challenge to help raise money for felines in need. We will be hosting our first ever firewalk on Saturday 30 October, with participants learning to overcome their fears to walk barefoot across burning hot coals. Would you like to be one of them?

The event is outdoors and will be fully compliant with Covid-19 regulations, with instructor Karen Sterling from BLAZE Firewalking having safely guided people across the fire pit for over three decades. 

“It will be heating up here at Tyneside in October with our first ever firewalk! We’ve always said that we have some amazing supporters and now they’ll certainly be showing how far they will go to support cats – by walking over hot coals for them! With this being our first time firewalking we’re hoping for support within the centre, our branches, our long-time supporters and the local community to all get involved. Our adoption centre aims to help 500 cats and kittens every year and the funds raised will help us towards that goal. This year in particular we’re seeing the impact of so many accidental kitten litters through lack of neutering so your support is needed now more than ever.”
Emzi Frater - Centre Manager
One supporter already signed up is Sarah Muir, who will be putting a difficult year behind her having undergone chemotherapy for an aggressive type of breast cancer, which she completed in April 2020 in the midst of lockdown. Sarah has dedicated years of service to the East Northumberland Branch of Cats Protection (who often work alongside the centre), stepping up to become its coordinator four years ago. 

The cats were hugely important to me throughout treatment, when even a walk to the corner is exhausting having furry friends who encourage you to rest is so important, I spent many days on the sofa with my furry nurses looking after me” said Sarah.

To take part in the firewalk challenge you will need to pay a £30 fee and pledge to raise £120 in sponsorship, or pay £65 without the commitment of fundraising. For further information or to sign up for the event, visit www.cats.org.uk/tynesidefirewalk