Fundraiser Richard Stonier has raised more than £22,000 for a hospice in memory of his mum – by completing seven challenges in as many days seven years after her death.
The 35-year-old has been raising money for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, which cared for his mum Diane during the final weeks of her life before she succumbed to cancer in 2013.
In that time Richard, from Barlaston, has raised more than £100,000 for the Blurton-based hospice before added even more to his total by taking on his most recent challenges.
Organising a full week of events, Richard’s challenges included a 12-hour spinathon at Asda, a day in the life of a Dougie Mac volunteer and a marathon at Stoke City – which saw him run around the bet365 stadium 61 times.
Richard, the strength and conditioning coach for Bangladesh Under-19s cricket team, said: “When I was at the Dougie Mac with my Mum, every minute felt like an hour and every hour like a day. You experience so much anxiety and have so many worries and fears.
“I’ve always thought you go through similar emotions completing challenges – you face those anxieties and worries. For me, it’s all about turning a negative situation into a positive one.
“I want to honour my mum and also make a positive difference for other families across the city. It is a really difficult time when you have loved ones in the hospice and people do tend to shut themselves out and hide away.
“Doing something, like how I do the challenges, really helps. I would say it doesn’t matter what you do, it doesn’t need to be anything mad – just do something. It’s so rewarding.
“I like to think that the money raised helped to open the hospice for that extra day of the year. When you donate £5, you are paying for a patients meal. When you donate £10, you are helping someone to have pain relief.
“Our community in Stoke-on-Trent are very generous and a lot of people have a Dougie Mac connection. I’ve even seen young kids popping pennies into the buckets.
“Seven years ago I wouldn’t be where I am today without the journey I’ve been on and my support network. People I don’t even know have been so supportive and donated.
“My mum gave a lot of her time to a lot of people around the world. I want to keep her legacy alive.
“This is something that I will continue to do for the rest of my life.”
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Challenge and Events fundraiser at the Dougie Mac, Amber Johnson, added: “Rich is so passionate about raising money for the hospice which is so inspiring.
“It has been an absolute pleasure of mine to organise the challenges for Rich.”
If you want to support Richard and donate to his challenges, you can visit his Just Giving page here. You can also text ‘RICH’ to 70470 to donate £1 – or if you want to donate a higher amount just add the value of your donation to the end of ‘RICH’.
You can also call into Dougie Mac on Barlaston Road or call the hospice on 01782 344 304 to make a donation over the phone.