Dougie Mac Honours Centenary with Remembrance Service

Friday 9th November saw Dougie Mac commemorate the First World War Centenary with a Remembrance Service taking place at the hospice.

Thanks to North Staffs Military Vehicle Group, a number of service vehicles were in attendance alongside military personnel and enthusiasts.

Over 70 patients plus their families, as well as staff and volunteers, attended the service lead by Martin McGonigle, Spiritual Lead which included a two-minute silence.

Poems were read by Dougie Mac Chief Executive David Webster and Day Therapy Unit Nurse Lynn Parkin.

Former Day Therapy patient George Franks, who served in the North Staffordshire regiment for over 6 years, paid his respects to fellow servicemen and women with a reading.

George had previously received care from the Day Therapy Team for two years. On his admission to the hospice he had been in a wheelchair, but with the assistance of the Physiotherapy team, George can now walk again and credits the ‘marvellous care and attention provided by the team, which is second to none’ for him giving him his life back.

Roy Jones then took to the floor to deliver an emotive speech that honoured the animals that lost their lives during the wars. Roy has been involved with pigeon racing all his life and has been on The Midlands National Flying Club committee for 48 years.

Roy Jones is a current Dougie Mac patient and visits the Day Therapy Unit every Thursday. He said: “I really enjoy coming to Day Therapy; I have made a lot of friends and there’s a real community feeling about the place.

Over the last few months, Day Therapy Patients have worked on a symbolic giant poppy collage made from images of the hands of all patients, staff and volunteers holding a poppy, which was unveiled during the service.

Day Therapy Unit Manager Nicci Williamson commented:

“Thank you to everyone who came along and shared this special service with us. It was a privilege to honour and pay tribute alongside our patients and their families, to those who lost their lives in WW1.”

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