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Ian’s Challenge Trek will honour Mum’s Memory

Ian Phillips from Adept Vehicle Management, will join a team of fundraisers taking on the epic Freedom Trail challenge throughout Spain, to raise funds for Douglas Macmillan Hospice this September.

The group will cover 43 miles in just 4 days, and are aiming to raise £40,000 for the Hospice.

It promises to be tough with the team trekking through rocky ridges, beech forests and mountain lakes reaching a height of 2522m before descending into Spain.

There will be no support for the Freedom Trail team, who will carry their own kit, set up their own tents and cook all their own food.

Ian’s mum was cared for at the Blurton-based hospice last November, and after being approached by team mate Rob Booth he thought it would be a great way to give something back.

Ian Phillips commented,

“My mum spent the last three weeks of her life at Douglas Macmillan Hospice, after battling bravely with COPD and latterly with the ravages of lung cancer.

“Many of you will know of its work and its excellent standing in our City. Despite living all of my life in this area and being aware of the reputation of the ‘Dougie Mac’, I’d never previously had any personal experience of this wonderful organisation.

“The level of love and care that my mum received was outstanding. During her stay I chatted to many of the dedicated compassionate people who cared for her.”

Suzi Smith, Corporate Fundraising & Events Head added,

“As part of the group taking on the Freedom Trail, I’m very proud to be able to walk alongside Ian and the team.

“There is so much that goes in to taking on a challenge like this beyond the walk itself, the team is training incredibly hard to be able to cope with carrying the additional weight and getting use to the different terrains we’ll experience on the walk.

“Ian’s story is a huge inspiration, and it’s thanks to him and the Freedom Trail team that the hospice can continue to provide the care and support it has become renowned for.”

To donate to the Freedom Trail Challenge please click on the following link –

http://fundraising.dmhospice.org.uk/event/KMF-Dougie-Mac-Fundraising

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