Published on November 5th, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour


Cat crawl rains donations

Incessant drizzle didn’t put off a band of hardy walkers on the Mean Eyed Cat inaugural Cat Crawl via some of Newcastle’s finest beer establishments. Rather than set off from the Newcastle city-centre pub (too many supporters turned up to accommodate in the small bar), they assembled at The Tower Café in Leazes Park before setting off for  Wylam Brewery; The Brandling Villa, South Gosforth; The Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond, and The Carriage, Sandyford, before the “survivors” made it back for well-deserved pints and pizza.

The walk was in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice, Newcastle, which provides specialist care to adults, young people, babies and children with life-limiting conditions. Alex Dryden was one of those young men. A civil engineer by profession, he worked in the kitchen of The Schooner in Gateshead at weekends through his love of food.

“Alex sadly lost his hard-fought fight against sarcoma cancer in April, after being diagnosed in October last year,” says Julie Campbell, co-owner with husband Dave of the Mean Eyed Cat. The couple owned The Schooner on South Shore Road at the time when Alex helped out. 

“Alex was only 30 years old when he passed away and the last few weeks of his life were spent at St Oswald’s Hospice and their wonderful care facility. His mum Helen and I have been friends since schooldays and we’re also undertaking a trek to Machu Picchu in Peru together with another friend Vicky in aid of St Oswald’s.”

Further information and much-appreciated donations: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/juliecampbell62

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