REFORMED alcoholic Dave Tinlin would walk over hot coals to help his charity – and he’s going to prove it.
The Stobhill resident officially opened his Drout support scheme in Morpeth last month following his recovery from a 20-year alcohol addiction.
The 51-year-old has not touched a drop for eight years and six years ago began volunteering for Escape Family Support as a peer mentor.
During his time there he raised thousands of pounds for its work through parachute jumps, bungee jumps and other challenges, and last year his efforts saw him nominated to carry the Olympic Torch through Ashington.
Mr Tinlin has not given up his fund-raising antics, but now they are in aid of Drout.
The charity, which stands for ‘dry out and drink out’, helps people to overcome alcohol problems through one-to-one sessions, complementary therapy and support groups.
Next month Mr Tinlin will take on the Great North 5km run to raise sponsorship funds, and in October he will try fire-walking in Bishop Auckland.
He said: “I’ve done the Great North Run twice for Escape, but I think I’m a bit far on in my life for that now so I’ve come down to the 5km run. I’m sort of in training, I just do two to three miles a day to keep myself fit.
“The fire-walking is something I have never done before. I’ve done a sky dive, bungee jump and abseiling, but this is a new challenge.
“If it goes well I would like to try walking over broken glass next year and what I would love to do is wing-walking, but that is expensive.”
He added: “Drout is doing well. We have about 12 clients at the moment and funding is coming in slowly, but we could do with more.”
To sponsor Mr Tinlin call 01670 511100, or visit Drout at 36 Bridge Street.