Dean Mason is keen to take part in Dougie Mac’s Glow in the Moonlight Walk this year as for the first time in the event’s history, men and children of all ages are welcome to join in too!
It’s a family affair for Dean as he’ll be supported by grandad Don and joined by mum Lynne, partner Rachel, sister Hayley and her boyfriend James who will be glowing bright in neon and taking on the 5-mile Half Moon walk on Saturday 7 July.
The event holds striking significance to the 5-strong team as just a few weeks ago they sadly lost Lynne’s mum and Dean’s Nan, Una.
Una had been ill for some time and had received care from Dougie Mac, initially receiving symptom control treatment at the hospice, and then later at home, from the Hospice at Home team.
Nurses Theresa and Diane visited the family regularly to not only administer Una’s medication, but also to ensure her comfort and to provide support to her loved ones.
Dean recalls that Una was always very complimentary of the Hospice at Home staff and particularly enjoyed how close they became to the entire family, quickly becoming a pillar of support and a guiding light through the difficult times.
Una had wanted to be at home around family when the time came, and on 16th May 2018, she passed away at home which was made possible by the Hospice at Home team.
The family requested donations rather than flowers at the funeral and so Una’s husband Don was able to present a cheque for £1,245 to Dougie Mac as a token of appreciation for all care received.
In memory of Una and to celebrate her life, Lynne and Hayley will be planting a flower in the Glow Garden on route.
“I’m excited to be able to take on this challenge alongside my family to recognise the hard work that the staff and volunteers at Dougie Mac do.” says Dean.
“It’s a fantastic cause which relies on everyone in the local community doing their little bit to raise funds to ensure that families such as ours get the support needed during these difficult times.
“I’ve already smashed my original sponsorship target thank the generosity of friends and colleagues, but as a family, Team Una hopes to raise over £1,000 which currently we’re just shy of. Any donations would be hugely appreciated: https://glow-in-the-moonlight.everydayhero.com/uk/team-una.”
Suzi Smith, Head of Corporate Fundraising and Event, says:
“We’re so pleased that in this year’s event, we’re able to welcome all the family and are so thankful of the support from the Masons.
For the first time ever, we’re welcoming men and children of all ages and with the introduction of two new routes – a 5 mile Half Moon walk and a 10 mile Full Moon walk – plus our Glow markets and live entertainment, it promises to be a great night for everyone involved.”
There’s still time to enter as entrants can still register on the night from 7pm at Newcastle High School. The price is just £10pp and £5 for under 16s.
More information on the event can be found here: http://fundraising.dmhospice.org.uk/event/Glow-in-the-Moonlight