Great North Dog Walk boss Tony Carlisle is facing a race against time to secure a vital backer for the charity extravaganza – before he undergoes surgery after being hit with a new health hammer blow.
Mr Carlisle is renewing his plea for borough businesses – however big or small – to back the annual event as he faces ending a ‘rollercoaster year’ back on the operating table.
The dad-of-four underwent a six-hour operation to unblock an artery in July of last year but he has now been placed on a 24-hour emergency list for further treatment after suffering setbacks in his recovery.
The 58-year-old says the grim news was ‘devastating’ – coming as he continues his search for a main sponsor for the ever-popular walk after nationwide firm Pets at Home decided to end a seven-year association with the record-breaking event.
The former Harton Technology College teacher said: “I was absolutely devastated.
“I have been having multiple symptoms, I have been breathless and getting chest pains.
“The stents will have to be repaired, I am on a 24-hour notice list for surgery.
“It has been a rollercoaster year, with me getting married and winning awards and having another world record in the dog walk and now to get this news has been horrible – and I also have the pressure of looking for a new sponsor.”
Businesses who are keen to sponsor next year’s 26th instalment of the walk, held at The Leas, South Shields, can contact Mr Carlisle on 07957249799 or email him at email@example.com.