Brave souls required for fundraising event

Participants take part in Maggie's fire walk last year.
Participants take part in Maggie's fire walk last year.
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Brave ‘soles’ are being sought to hot foot it over to a fundraising event.

Charity Maggie’s is organising another Fire Walk to help raise funds for its centre in Newcastle which supports people with cancer and their family and friends.

We had such a fantastic time last year at the event, and we can’t wait to do it again this year, bigger and better.

Kelly Knighting-Wykes, centre fundraising manager at Maggie’s Newcastle

The walk will see brave participants walk over coals that have reached a temperature of 1200°F at the Cobalt Business Park on Wednesday, November 11.

Claire Surrey was one of more than 50 who took part in the challenge last year and has already signed up to take part again this year.

She said: “It was a very well organised event, and was good fun and a great atmosphere. It’s a brilliant way to raise money for Maggie’s.”

Amy Carroll, events and communications manager at Cobalt, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Fire Walk to Cobalt. Our enthusiastic staff jump at the chance to be involved in something new whilst raising money for charity.”

Organisers are hoping to double the amount of walkers this year, and create a carnival atmosphere at the Cobalt, where as well as the challenge, there will be, food stalls and entertainment.

Registration is £20, with a minimum of £75 sponsorship. But anyone who registers before April 30 will receive a 50 per cent registration discount.

Kelly Knighting-Wykes, centre fundraising manager at Maggie’s Newcastle, said: “We had such a fantastic time last year at the event, and we can’t wait to do it again this year, bigger and better.

“We already have a few people signed It’s not only a great way for people to try something new, and raise money for a great cause at the same time.”

Maggie’s Newcastle – in the grounds of the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle – has been providing support for people with cancer and their family and friends, across the north east and Cumbria for almost two years.

To find out more about Maggie’s Newcastle and to see how the Centre supports people with cancer visit the Centre at Freeman Hospital or get in touch on 0191 233 6605 or email hayleyr@maggiescentres.org