Catherine’s ‘Lockdown Larks’ Raises a Smile and Vital Income for Dougie Mac

Writing enthusiast, Catherine Andrew, has put pen to paper to document her Covid-19 lockdown and shielding experience to raise funds for Dougie Mac.

Catherine’s story has already raised over £350 for the hospice who have supported her throughout her husband’s dementia diagnosis.

Dougie Mac Admiral Nurse, Wendy and Counsellor, Holly encouraged Catherine to revisit her passion for writing as a way to manage her caregiving role and to take time for herself. “Wendy has been my absolute rock through some very difficult times. I started writing back in March to document life through lockdown. What I thought would be a serious, historical piece of work, soon turned into something lighthearted and humorous! I wrote about anything that came to mind; from trying to resist my stash of chocolate to grappling with new technology! Writing kept me smiling and cheerful through the entire three months.

Already a committed Dougie Mac lottery player and regular giver, Catherine has been keen to continue to do all she can to help raise funds for the hospice. “I shared my writing with friends from the hospice in the hope it would give them a giggle. They loved it and suggested I publish my work. Dougie Mac has experienced a recent loss of income due to cancelled fundraising events and shop closures as a result of Covid-19. Selling the book has been my way of helping to raise funds.”

Catherine’s readers have thoroughly enjoyed her musings and there are now less than 60 books available to purchase. Although a limited number of copies have been published, Catherine hopes her books will go on to have a second lease of life. “Once you’ve read my story, you can always donate the book to your local Dougie Mac shop and let it generate a few extra pounds for this marvellous place!”  

To get your hands on a copy of Lockdown Larks; email

Cover price is £5. All proceeds donated to Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

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