Friday 11th October was certainly an exciting day for Douglas Macmillan. As part of Hospice Care Week, Dougie Mac held their annual Bring a Pound Day which was bigger than ever. Double the businesses signed up to take part this year and almost double the money has been raised so far.
Over £72,000 has been pledged by schools, businesses, organisations and individuals from the region after undertaking all kinds of fundraising activities. The astonishing amount is almost double the £37,000 raised in 2012, and is one of the biggest fundraising campaigns the Hospice has organised during its 40th Anniversary year.
Fundraisers from the Hospice and staff from Signal Radio were out in force visiting some of the places who took part, collecting cash and spreading a smile in fancy dress. I was lucky enough to join them on the party bus and get some video footage for you, take a look at it below.
The hospice hoped for around £50,000 this year but the hourly total announced on Signal Radio was climbing quickly and by 4pm they’d already reached over their target.
Did you know that Douglas Macmillan Hospice costs £10 million every year to run and continue to offer free support to over 2,500 people across North Staffordshire!
Liz Clarke, Head of Fundraising commented, “The generosity of the people of North Staffordshire never fails to amaze us, on what was a truly amazing day our supporters were really one in a million. All of the monies raised from Bring a Pound Day will help the Hospice continue to provide the highest level of care for local people facing a life limiting illness.”
Rachel Austin, Station Director at Signal Radio added, “Signal Radio at the heart of the local community loves to do what it can to help support local charities. All of our presenters and staff really embraced Bring a Pound day and loved getting out in the area to help raise the record breaking amount, we’re really proud to be part of this amazing event to raise funds for Douglas Macmillan Hospice.”
There were plenty of volunteers who gave up their time to help out on the day, including those who stood out in the rain or supermarkets collecting donations and some who did the all-important counting of the money, they even had to dry it.
You can still donate and make a difference. People have lived in a plastic box for seven days, shaved their heads, dressed up and stood out in the rain, all you have to do is donate whatever you like.
To donate text BAPS40 followed by how much you want to donate to 70070 or visit their JustGiving page.