Fundraiser enjoys new challenge for charity

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A Bishopstone resident set herself a new challenge to raise charity funds this year.

Last year Di Moreton ran up 38 floors of London’s iconic building The Gherkin and wanted to do something different in 2013 for a good cause.

So she decided to walk over hot coals in aid of the animal charity Raystede and joined other fundraisers in Ringmer on Friday September 13.

The target of the centre was to raise £10,000, enough to feed the cats and adgos in their care for a year.

The firewalk was organised by Cliff Mann and his team at Time4Change and saw fundraisers walk over hot coals burning at a core temperature of more than 800 degrees Fahrenheit for a distance of 20 feet.

Sponsors Pyrotec rewarded everyone with a T shirt.

Di, who met two fundraisers from Seaford – Helen Pirie and Linda Andrews – at the event, said, ‘The weather was not good, drizzly rain. Yet so many supporters came to cheer us on.

“The training was excellent and put you in the right frame of mind.

“I was so pumped up that when I did eventually walk on the embers I didn’t feel anything. It was only when I turned round that I realised what I had done.

“I was euphoric and became very emotional. And then I wanted to do it again. I met some lovely people and raised lots of money for a rewarding charity.”

Mum Linda and daughter Helen from Seaford had re-homed a Jack Russell through Raystede last summer. Raystede gave her great care and attention, following an injury as a stray that was untreated and left her with a permanent limp.

Helen said after the walk, “I expected empowerment, elation and a feeling that if I could do this I can do anything.

“What I didn’t expect was to feel extremely humbled in realising that I had that strength all along.”

The Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare is based in Ringmer. The charity rescues, re-homes and provides sanctuary for more than 1,500 animals each year.

To find out more about the charity, the work it does or how to volunteer visit the website: www.raystede.org or call 0844 875 1252.