Dougie Mac patient Phil Taylor is a lifelong football fan and an avid supporter of Stoke City, being a season ticket holder until only recently due to ill health.
When Phil spoke of his desire to go to a Stoke game, his Buddy, volunteer Rob Buckley, was only too happy to set the wheels in motion so that Phil could fulfil his dream, contacting Stoke City to ensure the experience was as memorable as possible.
Thanks to the generosity of Stoke City Supporter Liaison Officer Anthony, Rob and Phil were able to attend last week’s Stoke v Everton game at the Bet365 stadium with free tickets.
Rob said: “Mr Emmerson was absolutely wonderful throughout this process. When he heard about Phil’s story, nothing was too much and he managed to get us two free tickets to the match as well as free parking.”
Phil, who lives in Stone with his wife and son, said: “It was the first time I had been to a match in months. Unfortunately living with cancer leaves me too fatigued to go.
“I thoroughly enjoyed going. The result wasn’t what I wanted but the atmosphere and experience more than made up for it.
“I’m determined to make the most of the time that I have left, however long that may be.”
Rob has been a Volunteer Buddy for Dougie Mac for the past 18 months and in this role, provides patients and carers with; practical support such as driving patients to appointments, enjoying days out and doing light housework, emotional help and companionship.
Rob has been Phil’s Buddy for the last three months and the two have cultivated a close friendship, not least owing to their mutual interest in football.
Rob added: “Phil’s pretty poorly at the moment but it wasn’t going to stop him seeing Stoke.
“We’re both football fans and seeing him get so excited about the match has been fantastic. He was able to stay for the whole 90 minutes, enjoying every minute – except the result of course. It’s been a great pick-me-up for him.”
If you’re interested in becoming a Dougie Mac buddy, please contact the Carer and Patient Support Service on 01782 344300.