Whether you’re a park runner or you prefer your treadmill, hospice Dougie Mac is encouraging you to lace up your trainers for a new fundraising event.
The new 5K event – 5K My Way – is sponsored by World of Wedgwood and will take place on Sunday, April 25.
Supporters of the charity are encouraged to run or walk a distance of 5K to raise vital funds for the hospice’s charity, which supports children, young adults and adult services.
The event is suitable for all ages and abilities, from seasoned runners looking for a 5K personal best, to families preferring a more leisurely pace to remember someone special.
Dougie Mac’s associate specialist doctor, Dr Melica Daily Hunt, took up running in March 2020 and is now looking forward to her first sponsored running event.
She said: “Life during the first lockdown led to a definite overindulgence in chocolate and TV box sets, which quickly made me feel sluggish and lethargic.
“After hearing about the Couch to 5K running programme on the radio, I was committed to getting fitter with walking and short pockets of running until after week 10, I managed my first continuous 5K run.
“Since then, I’ve run run three or four times a week to keep up my stamina. Hospice care has never been more important than it is right now and I’m determined to complete the Dougie Mac 5K My Way and raise vital funds for the hospice.”
Also supporting the event is Karen Smith and her family, who are raising funds to thank Dougie Mac for the care given to her dad, John Pickston, who was supported by Dougie Mac’s Hospice at Home team last year.
Karen said: “As a family, it’s so important to continue to raise as much money as we can for Dougie Mac, not only to thank them for everything they did for us during the time of dad’s illness but so they can continue to support families like ours in the future.
“Until you have to use Dougie Mac’s services, you can never really know what an amazing hospice it is. The team are so compassionate and the love and care they showed us will never be forgotten.”
Donna Adams, head of fundraising and lottery, added: “Here at Dougie Mac, we are incredibly proud that we have been able to maintain our end of life care throughout the pandemic. But as we progress into 2021, we need the continued support of our local community.
“This is our first community fundraising event of the year and we hope that our supporters will take part and embrace their fundraising to help support families at a time when they need it most.”
Entry for the 5K Your Way fundraiser is free, but participants are encouraged to make a donation upon registration, or collect sponsorship. To register for the event, visit the Dougie Mac website or call 01782 344300.