51 year old Carol Barnett from Porthill has been an avid supporter of Dougie Mac for some time, taking part in various events in the form of 5K and 10k races, Glow in the Moonlight and 3-peaks challenges to raise all-important funds for the hospice.
Her commitment to support Dougie Mac stems from her beloved Mum receiving care following her diagnosis of Bowel Cancer, first through the Day Therapy Unit, then respite, then for end of life care in the Inpatient Unit.
“My Mum was an amazing lady and although the journey was long and hard, she stayed strong throughout. Mum loved Dougie Mac and says she was ‘treated like royalty with 5-star service’.
Her courage inspired us all and we found the strength through her resilience to celebrate her life. At all times the hospice were there for us, the amazing staff supporting and caring for both Mum and our family. We laughed, cried and made memories staying with her at Dougie Mac until she sadly passed away.”
In addition, Carol’s own personal illness battles with multiple tumours and years of operations including a lung lobectomy led her to make the decision to undertake a once-in-a-lifetime challenge and really push herself to the limits once she returned to good health and she started to feel like herself again.
When pondering what adventure to embark on for charity, she came across a challenge that ticked off some major must-do’s on Carol’s bucket list, including dog sledding and seeing the northern lights.
And so now Carol finds herself heading off to Sweden for a week in January 2019 to take on a Dog Sledding challenge. Carol will guide her own team of dogs on a 200km trek, sledding for around 5-7 hours per day, sleeping in wilderness cabins in -45 degrees Celsius temperatures with no running water or electricity. Although Carol has funded the full trip herself, she aims to raise sponsorship money for Dougie Mac.
“My journey has started” says Carol. “I’m on a healthy diet, the training regime is underway and I’m preparing for the challenge of a lifetime.
“Every step of the way I will be taking inspiration from my amazing Mum, the wonderful team at Dougie Mac and of course my beloved Dad John and Nana Pat, who were also a huge part of childhood and who I miss greatly.”
Suzi Smith, Head of Corporate Fundraising & Events, commented:
“We can’t thank Carol enough for her unwavering commitment to supporting Dougie Mac and for taking on this extreme fundraiser for the hospice. We look forward to hearing all about her training and her fantastic journey.”
“All monies raised will help us deliver excellent care to local people approaching end of life.”
If you would like to donate to Carol’s fundraising page, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/carol-barnett2