Duncan Cowans from Cheadle has supported the Douglas Macmillan Hospice for many years, volunteering as a Hospice Ambassador and also as a committed fundraiser. Organising many bike rides with friends and family, including ‘Tower to Tower’ and ‘Arc to Arch’ rides, he has helped to raise over £33,000 for the hospice.
An avid Stoke City fan, Duncan decided to organise a walk from Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton to bet365 Stadium. During the planning stage of the walk, World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks sadly passed away, and the group of eight walkers decided to name their fundraising challenge the ‘Gordon Banks Legends Walk’ in tribute to the local legend.
Ed Jervis, Gordon’s grandson commented: “Our family is incredibly moved by this endeavour to raise money for such a good cause. Grandad received fantastic care from the wonderful people at Dougie Mac; he would have been humbled to know that this is being done in his name.
“We wish Duncan and the team the best of luck in the Gordon Banks Legends Walk and we look forward to congratulating them all when they reach the finish line.”
Duncan, along with Sue Matthews, Jo Challinor, Nigel Matthews, Alexander Cowans, Kevin Upton, Nigel Wood and James Allen, will walk the 35 miles between the football stadiums on Sunday June 30th, which is expected to take 12 hours. The walk has also been endorsed by the Stoke City Old Boys Association (SCOBA) and Stoke City Football Club, who will be providing the walkers with Stoke City shirts.
Donna Adams, Head of Fundraising and Lottery at the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, said: “We cannot thank the walkers enough for choosing to support their local hospice, it’s also great to see a local icon like Gordon Banks being honoured too.
“Everyone at Dougie Mac wishes the team the best of luck with their training and fundraising in preparation for their challenge.”
The team are hoping to raise £2,000, which will help Dougie Mac to continue providing support to more than 3,500 patients who are facing life-limiting illnesses across North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
You can make a donation to support the fundraising efforts of the Gordon Banks Legends Walk here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/GordonBanksLegendWalk