Ritchie Catering Equipment, a local organisation based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, will be supporting Dougie Mac’s Bring a Pound campaign during their series of Open Days this September.
What originally started off as an idea for a coffee and cake morning in the Ritchie shop for Dougie Mac has now evolved into a 3-day event, thanks to Shop Manager, Joy Reynolds.
Joy has spearheaded Ritchies’ fundraising efforts for the hospice as a cause very close to her heart and is keen to ensure the event and the organisation’s involvement with the Bring a Pound campaign, is a success.
Joy sadly lost her 48-year-old brother-in-law to cancer in October 2017. He had been receiving care from the Hospice at Home team that also supported his partner and 6 children before his passing. Then, just 3 weeks later in another devastating blow to the family, Joy lost her 61-year-old cousin who had also been receiving care and support from Dougie Mac’s Hospice at Home team.
“Everyone in Stoke unfortunately has some type of connection with Dougie Mac and that’s why we want to support the hospice by raising those all-important funds” said Joy. “My family were so thankful that we have such fantastic services on our doorstep to help you through these difficult times. Although a very scary and deeply sad situation, we knew that both my brother-in-law and cousin were in good hands being cared for by the hospice.”
The Open Days are open to everyone, trade and retail, and will be taking place from Wednesday 26 September to Friday 28 September 2018. Exciting demonstrations and displays are planned and will include Rational ‘Cooking Live’, veg prep and cocktail-making sessions as well as crockery and glassware displays, kitchen and bar design, competitions and great discounts. As well as offering complimentary, freshly baked cakes and specialist barista made coffee, Ritchie will also be donating a percentage of every sale made during the Open Days to Dougie Mac. The full timetable of scheduled events can be viewed here and supporters can register their interest in attending the Open Days at www.ritchiecateringequipment.co.uk/contactus or by calling 01782 633733.
David Ritchie, Managing Director said “Ritchie Catering Equipment is proud to support the Dougie Mac Hospice. As a local business we know only too well how the work of the Dougie Mac touches the lives of local people and it is a privilege to support them during our Open Days Event.”
Suzi Smith, Head of Corporate Fundraising and Events commented:
“We’d like to thank the team at Ritchie Catering Equipment for showing their incredible support for our Bring a Pound campaign and wish them every success with their Open Days this month! Every pound counts and helps us to continue to provide exceptional care to over 3,000 local people living with life limiting illnesses each year.”
To support the Bring a Pound campaign and to register for your free fundraising pack visit www.dmhospice.org.uk/bring-a-pound.