Show your support by stepping out for Dougie Mac as Covid-19 cancels charity events


Covid-19 has forced the cancellation of all the annual fund-raisers charities rely on – so now a North Staffordshire hospice is calling on supporters to take part in a new initiative.

This year the Douglas Macmillan Hospice faces losing all the revenue which is brought in by events such as the Dougie Mac 5k and the Potter’s Arf.

But the Blurton-based hospice still has operating costs of £13 million to cover the full range of services it will provide in 2020 alone – and 80 per cent of that total is funded by voluntary donations.

So now supporters have been asked to get involved in a new initiative, Step Out for Dougie Mac.

People are being asked to throw on their trainers and pound the pavements of their local area to raise funds.

The event, which takes place on Saturday, September 19, hopes to raise vital funds to replace income which has been lost as a result of the pandemic.

Jodie Macpherson with her Nana Flo

Jodie Macpherson is backing the event in memory of her Nana Flo who was cared for by the hospice throughout her cancer diagnosis.

The 20-year-old, from Forsbrook, said: “Taking part in Step Out feels very fitting as Nana and I walked everywhere together when I was a child; whether it was walking down to Longton every morning or up the street with my doll in a pushchair.

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“Over Nana’s six year battle, Dougie Mac never failed us; from home visits and phone calls to the care and comfort provided in the hospice itself, their support was endless. Nana Flo always went the extra mile for me – so I’m going to walk a few for her.”

Karen Smith and her family are walking to raise funds to thank Dougie Mac for the care given to her dad, John Pickston, who was supported by the hospice following a diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis, stage four kidney failure and heart failure.

Karen Smith and John Pickston

Karen said: “Without the compassionate and caring support of the palliative care nurses and Hospice at Home team we could not have fulfilled dad’s wish to pass away at home.

“We will never be able to repay the hospice for their support and kindness but we will be completing the Step Out event to raise funds so Dougie Mac can continue to support families like ours in the future.”

The Dougie Mac provides specialist palliative care for adults across North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent who face cancer and other life-limiting illnesses including advanced heart failure and dementia.

Care is provided at the hospice and in people’s homes across the community.

Donna Adams, head of fundraising and lottery, said: “Covid-19 and subsequent restrictions has impacted us all.

“Here at Dougie Mac, we are incredibly proud that we have been able to maintain our end of life care throughout the pandemic.

“We’re now hoping our incredible supporters will get involved with Step Out and raise essential income to allow us to continue to provide exceptional care that we are locally renowned for.”

To register for the event, please visit www.dmhospice.org.uk/Step-Out or call 01782 344300. On the day entry will only be available online.





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