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Dougie Mac Celebrates Hospice Care Week and calls on local community to “#HeartMyHospice”

Dougie Mac – along with a network of charitable hospices across the UK – is encouraging the public to support their local hospice in whatever way they can – whether that’s by donating, volunteering or showing they care on social media – during Hospice Care Week.

The theme for this year’s Hospice Care Week – which takes place from 8-14 October and is led by national hospice and palliative care charity Hospice UK – is “#HeartMyHospice.”

Dougie Mac will be holding an open day on Monday 8th October between 11am and 3pm which members of the public are invited to attend. It will provide supporters with the opportunity to see where their kind donations go and to learn more about the broad range of services that Dougie Mac offers.

The day’s scheduled events include: Question and answer sessions with Clinicians; a tour of some of the hospice facilities; meet and greet with volunteers; an introduction to the Living Well Services team; information on the latest fundraising campaign ‘Road to Refurb’; discussions with the hospice’s first Admiral Nurse (specialist Dementia nurse) plus a complimentary lunch.

In addition, Dougie Mac is hosting a ‘Meet the Author’ evening with local and million-seller author Mel Sherratt on Tuesday 9th October from 6pm – 7.30pm.

Again, anyone is encouraged to attend this event where Mel will speak at Dougie Mac on Tuesday 9th October, 6 – 7.30pm. Mel will be signing books and her new book HUSH HUSH will be available to purchase. In line with Hospice Care Week, Mel will also be exploring the importance of storytelling in hospice care alongside Dougie Mac Chief Executive David Webster.

Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of national hospice and palliative care charity Hospice UK, said:

“Hospices have a special place in people’s hearts, especially for those who have seen first-hand the incredible care they provide to loved ones.

“We hope that during Hospice Care Week the public will take up the opportunity to show their affection for hospices whole-heartedly and demonstrate their support in practical ways whether donating, volunteering or spreading the word about hospice care on social media.”

Dougie Mac Chief Executive, David Webster says:

“It is a constant challenge to fully inform our local supporters of the sheer breadth of services undertaken at Dougie Mac and to brush away the dusty image of a hospice to reveal the gleaming array of support on offer here.

“With that in mind, as part of Hospice Care Week, we are delighted to be welcoming around 40 local people on-site to learn more about what goes on here.”

Each year, Dougie Mac provides all hospice services free of charge to over 3,000 patients with life-limiting illnesses each year in the North Staffordshire area, also giving supportive care to their families and carers.

To register your interest in either of the above events, please visit the website – https://www.dmhospice.org.uk/events/ – or call Dougie Mac on 01782 344304.

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