Local youngsters raise over £3,300 for Dougie Mac at summer fair

Madeley friends Sophie Henderson, 13, and 12-year-old Tamzin Broad raised £3,348 for Dougie Mac at a summer fundraiser that they thought of and planned themselves.

The fair took place on Saturday 10 August at the Old Hall Country House in Madeley.

The girls had originally planned the fundraiser as a small street event, then when the Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Simon White, offered the use of his gardens at the Old Hall, their plans quickly grew.

Tamzin and Sophie harnessed support locally and generous offers of raffle and tombola prizes began to flood in. These included a signed Port Vale shirt, tickets for Flip Out, paintball, Odeon cinema, bowling and the New Vic theatre, gym sessions, culinary prizes from a cooked breakfast to afternoon tea, hair and nail pampering, garden centre vouchers and Zumba classes. The girls also organised a treasure hunt, lucky dip, face painting, name the bear, guess the sweets in the jar and a variety of stalls. Local companies Allied Bakeries and One Stop Convenience Stores provided burgers, buns and tea and coffee for the refreshments.

The pair also baked cakes, made decorations and thought of every detail including providing bowls of water for four-legged guests and arranging parking at a nearby pub.

They decided to fundraise for Dougie Mac as Tamzin’s grandad spent the last few weeks of his life at the hospice.

Donna Adams, Head of Fundraising and Lottery at Dougie Mac said: “We cannot thank Sophie and Tamzin enough for choosing to support their local hospice and raising this fantastic sum of money.

“The money raised by the girls will help us to continue providing support to over 3,500 patients and their families every year. We are absolutely delighted.”

The girls appeared on Newcastle-under-Lyme’s HitMix radio and successfully used social media to promote their fundraiser.

Sophie’s mum, Maggie Law, said: “We feel immensely proud of what Tamzin and Sophie have achieved.

“They have knocked on doors to ask for prizes and both came out of their comfort zones to organise the day. People were very generous.”

Sophie added: “A lot of people helped us on the day.”

Tamzin said: “The best part of the day was working out how much we raised. It was really nice to see everyone coming in to support us and having a good time.”

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