Hot stepping it to a fundraising challenge

Staff at Cobalt Business Park take part in a fire walk in aid of Maggie's Newcastle.
Staff at Cobalt Business Park take part in a fire walk in aid of Maggie's Newcastle.

Staff hot-footed it to a fundraising event to help a cancer charity.

Employees at Cobalt Business Park took part in a fire walk in aid of Maggie’s Newcastle, which provides free, practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends.

More than 60 people walked across a length of burning embers or coals, raising more than £5,000 for the charity’s centre in the grounds of the Freeman Hospital.

Amy Carroll, events and communications manager at Cobalt Business Park, said: “We were delighted to be supporting Maggies with this new event for the park, it’s has been a really exciting year for us with hundreds of new staff joining the park, and they have fully embraced the sense of community we have here and were delighted with the numbers of people taking part.

“It was something fun and for a good cause that can include anyone at Cobalt, and getting involved in charity events allows us to organise large scale events like this.”

Karen Verrill, centre head at Maggie’s Newcastle, said: “Last year’s Fire Walk was a fantastic event and we had over 50 people brave the coals to raise money for our Centre.

“By taking part in the challenge supporters are helping us to raise vital funds for the Centre as well as raising awareness of the support we offer to people affected by cancer.”

Maggie’s relies on voluntary donations to support and grow its network of Centres and to develop its unique, high quality programme of support.

To find out more about Maggie’s Newcastle and to see how the Centre supports people with cancer in Newcastle visit them at the Freeman Hospital, Melville Grove, Newcastle , or get in touch on 0191 233 6600 or email