Lace up Your Trainers Like Louise for Dougie Mac 10K

Dougie Mac’s next community fundraising event, the Stoke 10K, departs at 9am on Sunday 2nd September and runners of all abilities aged 15 and above are invited to sign up and fundraise for the hospice.

It’s an electronic chipped timed event which gives a fantastic tour of the city, starting and finishing at Hanley Park. The course features a run through the city centre as well as covering Leek Road, City Road and Victoria Road as runners head to the finish line.

32 year old Louise Marriott from Trentham is taking part in the Dougie Mac Stoke 10K for the first time. She’ll be running in memory of her mum Lesley who sadly passed away in February from a short battle with Sarcoma.

“We wouldn’t have managed without the help of Dougie Mac’s Hospice at Home team. They were at the house 24/7 because mum was so poorly and this allowed us to sleep and nip out to get food shopping, knowing that mum was left in very capable hands.

The team advised us on what to expect and were generally just there to guide and support us in any way they could. They talked to mum and kept her company and also provided us with a shoulder to cry on.

We felt they genuinely cared and the small things, like washing and brushing her hair, really meant so much to us.

I really can’t thank the Dougie Mac team enough for what they did for us. They helped us through one of the most difficult times of our lives and my family will be forever grateful.

I wanted to give something back so when I heard about the Stoke 10K, I knew I had to sign up and fundraise for this wonderful cause. I want other families to have the support that we did, and it’s also my way of saying thank you.

I’d never ran a day in my life before but I’ve been training hard for the last 3 months; wish me luck!”

Suzi Smith, Head of Corporate Fundraising and Events, said:

“It’s wonderful to have people like Louise supporting us and fundraising for the hospice by taking part in out 10K event. The Stoke 10K is a community fundraising event and we’re asking every runner to consider taking part in ‘Challenge50’ and fundraising at least £50 which will continue to ensure we can provide priceless care, free of charge across the North Staffordshire community.

“Last year we had over 600 of our supporters taking part who managed to raise a fantastic £34,000 for the Dougie Mac. This incredible amount was due to our runners choosing to engage in fundraising and we are truly grateful for every pound raised.”

The entry fee is £15 per runner. Anybody who wishes to take part can register online at, call 01782 344359 or sign up on the morning of the event from 7am at Hanley Park.

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