Dougie Mac’s volunteer ‘Thank You’

19/05/2022 15:40

On Tuesday 7 June at The Pavilion in Hanley Park, Stoke on Trent, Douglas Macmillan Hospice, AKA Dougie Mac, is hosting a special thank you event to celebrate the huge contribution its volunteers make to the charity and to thank them for all their time and dedication.

The event will recognise the vital role volunteers play in the running of the charity and will coincide with Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1-7 June.

Dougie Mac relies on almost 600 volunteers who give their time on a regular basis, to support its 20 local shops, and help within its hospice sites in Blurton and Trentham, and in the local community.

Deborah Vickers, Head of Volunteer Services at Dougie Mac, said “This event is a thank you to all our volunteers for the fantastic contribution they make to Dougie Mac, a chance for us to show our appreciation for their continued hard work and the time they give.

“The commitment and support of our past, present and future volunteers is invaluable and absolutely vital to Dougie Mac’s continued success. They play such a huge role in the day to day running of the charity, we simply couldn’t do what we do without them.”

The thank you event will be Dougie Mac’s first volunteer celebration since the before the pandemic and also since its landmark amalgamation with The Donna Louise. Before the pandemic the charity relied on almost 1,000 local volunteers to support across all departments and events, and while most have happily returned to their roles as restrictions have eased, unfortunately not all have been able to.

Deb added, “The pandemic forced us to stand down all of our volunteers and unfortunately some of them have been unable to return, but we continue to be so grateful to all our volunteers whether past or present, as they’re absolutely invaluable to Dougie Mac.”