Dougie Mac 5K Event 2018

Sun shines for hundreds who took part in Sunday’s Dougie Mac 5k Event

Sunday saw the annual Dougie Macs annual 5K event take place on the Wedgwood estate where hundreds turned up to participate and to support the hospice.

Suzi Smith, head of corporate fundraising and events at Dougie Mac, thanked everyone who turned up for the fun run.

She said: “We‘d like to thank all the supporters who have taken part in this year’s event and we would also thank Tinsdills Solicitors who were the headline sponsors. More than 700 people took part – walking, jogging or running – and they all helped to raise valuable funds for the Dougie Mac in order that we can maintain the level of care that we are renowned for.

“The Dougie Mac needs to raise around £12 million every year to maintain its current services, and these events are so very important to the hospice so that we can continue to give care to people with a life limiting illnesses.

“We‘d also like to thank our army of volunteers, around 50 in total, who helped to make this events so successful.”

Abby Gaitley, aged 17, from Burslem, was among those taking part in the event for the first time this year.

She said: “I’m doing the 5k in memory of my Nan, Jean Povey who passed away at the Dougie Mac in August last year.

“I have raised money before for the Dougie Mac – at my Nan’s funeral, we organised a fun charity bingo game and raised £500.

“The care that my Nan received whilst at the hospice from the staff and volunteers was brilliant. I am being sponsored and hope to have raised in the region of £100.”

At the age of 81, Shirley Grindley, from Barlaston, was taking part in her fifth Dougie Mac fun run.

She said: “I have friends who had cancer and Dougie Mac helped them so I feel as though I should give something back. I’m very active and just try and keep fit. I go to the gym about seven times a week doing classes such as boxbeat, circuit training, zumba and x-core.”

“I will definitely do this again next year, if I’m here, and tend to raise around £100 each year.”

Christine Beeby, 72, from Leek, walked the course alongside members of her family. She said: “My husband had treatment at the Dougie Mac and it’s services are excellent. It’s our second year taking part as a family, and it’s a great time to remember together. All five of us got here at 8.30am today – myself, my son, my daughter-in-law and my two grandaughters.

“It’s a nice atmosphere and we go around at a casual walking pace. We’ll take part as long as we can, and also do the Dougie Mac lottery.”

Bob Winter, from Trentham, is a Douglas Macmillan Hospice Ambassador and volunteered at the 5k.

He said: “What a glorious day to put in the effort for such a lovely charity. I’ve helped the Dougie Mac for six or seven years and attend many of their events, such as this, the Glow in the Moonlight Walk and golf days for example.

“Volunteers pay a vital role and a high proportion are those that have experienced the services and want to give something back.”

Since 2007, the annual fun run event has raised more than £360,000 for Dougie Mac.

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