AN ANIMAL champion is preparing to face her fears for the sake of her animal sanctuary.
Sheila Stewart of Capricorn Animal Rescue, who is ‘terrified’ of spiders, is planning to hold a tarantula in a bid to raise much-needed funds.
It is hoped money collected will pay for the last stage of work to rebuild the centre which, in November, celebrates 30 years of animal care.
When volunteer animal carer Clive Williamson needed to lose a lot of weight ahead of surgery, Sheila made a deal with him.
Clive said: “She said if I reached my target weight, she’d do a spider hold. She’ll hold any other animal under the sun but she’s terrified of spiders.”
Clive lost 8.5 stone, going from 23.5 stone to 15 stone. After a successful operation, he’s still managing to keep his weight down.
Coleg Cambria Northop’s small animal unit has volunteered to host Sheila’s fundraising event on Halloween.
The tarantula hold is due to take place in the college’s exotic room on October 31.
“Halloween is the ideal time,” said Sheila. “I’m going to try and hold it for at least a few minutes or for as long as I can without passing out.
“If people are going to sponsor me, I’m going to do it properly. It’s something I’m quite determined to do.”
She added: “I hope it’ll help me overcome my fear of spiders and raise quite a bit of money for the sanctuary as well.”
To donate online, visit www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SheilaStewart1