Peel Arms Dougie Mac Fundraising Group
The Peel Arms is a village pub that is at the heart of the local community in Loggerheads and Ashley. Over the years a group of locals have grouped together to organise a series of fundraisers to support the local hospice: Douglas Macmillan Hospice.
The Douglas Macmillan Hospice, or Dougie Mac as it is affectionately known, opened its doors in 1973 and has supported hundreds of patients and their families. Originally, a hospice providing care for terminally ill cancer patients, the Dougie Mac now works with patients with many life limiting illnesses including Dementia, heart disease, motor neurone disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
The Dougie Mac couldn’t survive without the support it receives from local people. It costs over £12 million pounds a year to provide its services free of charge and 80% of this sum comes from the generous support of people who donate and fundraise.
The Peel Arms Dougie Mac group was started by Colin and Yvonne Sutton after the death of Yvonne’s sister Irene who was cared for by the Dougie Mac. Yvonne wanted to help the Dougie Mac in appreciation of the wonderful care they gave to her sister in the last months of her life.
Over the years, the Peel Arms group have raised over £45,000 for the Dougie Mac. Every two years, there is a fun day and auction held at the Peel Arms, the main fundraiser of the group. But, the fundraising activities have expanded to include: Santa collection, afternoon tea parties, bingo nights, sponsored events such as a tandem skydive, 1970s disco night, a charity calendar and many more.
The group will be at Classic Ibiza at Weston Park on Saturday 13 July selling the lanyards for the evening with £1 of each sale going directly to the charity.