Sheffield brewer Cameron's 50-mile charity run was thirsty work on hot day

Sheffield brewer Cameron McQueen must have downed a pint of something refreshing after he ran 50 miles on a warm day to raise money for a city cat rescue charity.

Friday, 18th June 2021, 10:25 am
Cameron McQueen all smiles early on his 50-mile run as he meets supporters from The Sheffield Cats Shelter
Cameron McQueen all smiles early on his 50-mile run as he meets supporters from The Sheffield Cats Shelter

Sheffielder Cameron McQueen, who is co-founder of Turning Point Brew Co, a micro-brewery in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, adopted a cat a year ago from The Sheffield Cats Shelter in Broomhall but the pet died recently.

Supporters of the cat shelter cheered Cameron on when he made his first stop near Meadowhall during the run on June 12. His fundraising total currently stands at more than £1,800 – his target was £500.

He made it to the Taproom bar at Turning Point after a gruelling 12-hour run in the heat. Charity manager Sarah Smith called Cameron a superstar.

Cameron said before his run: “After speaking with them when we adopted our little lad, we found out just how much of a financial constraint they are under, and how many cats are being rescued every day.

“I would like to use this challenge to raise some money for them, because they are truly an awesome shelter run by great people.”

The shelter, which will celebrate its 125th anniversary next year, says it has been badly affected by the pandemic.

A spokeswoman said: “We had to close our shelter to the public and do remote adoptions; we had to run on skeleton staff due to COVID restrictions; our two shops had to close, cutting off our main source of income.

"Cats and kittens still had to be cared for. Vet bills still had to be paid. Medication and food still had to be provided to ensure our cats were cared for and got the love, help and TLC they deserved.

“If it wasn’t for people like Cameron, we would not be here today. The generosity of our supporters during the various lockdowns ensured we are still here to fight another day!”

The shops in Ecclesall and Hillsborough, which are a big source of income, had to close during lockdown but have now reopened. For information on the charity, go to thesheffieldcatsshelter.org or follow them on social media.

To donate to Cameron’s appeal, visit his online fundraising page at justgiving.com/fundraising/cameron-mcqueen