DRINKERS were feeling hot and bothered when they stepped out for charity.
A group of regulars at the Wheatsheaf pub in West Boldon braved the flames when they took part in a charity firewalk.
The firewalk was very hot and my feet are a bit sore, but it was well worth it.Damon Brown, manager, The Wheatsheaf
The nine staff and customers took part in the firewalk to raise money for the Little Heroes Cancer Trust, which supports children battling the illness.
Damon Brown, manager of the pub, who joined in the firewalk, said: “We were at a brewery event and heard about the firewalks and thought it would be good to give it a go.
“We have raised more than £1,300 in sponsorship and we hope with donations to make at least £2,000.
“The firewalk was very hot and my feet are a bit sore, but it was well worth it.”
Pub regular Tony Vokes, 48, an Asda manager who lives in Sunderland, said: “I really wanted to do it for the charity. My dad died of cancer and it is not something little kids should have to go through, so I wanted to help.”
Christopher Watson, 32, who lives next to the pub, said: “Damon threatened to bar me if I didn’t take part, but I was happy to do it.
“My feet didn’t hurt at all, but I’m used to being on my feet 12 hours a day, so that might be why.”
Daryl Naylor, who works for Little Heroes by running the firewalks, said they day went really well.
He said: “Everyone who took part was really up for it and they listened well to the briefing.
“The coals were particularly hot on the day because it was so windy, but everyone was fine.”
Little Heroes is a charity which visits children’s cancer wards at hospitals throughout the country, presenting the youngsters with toys and presents.