The Parogon Group pledged to raise £50k for local charity Dougie Mac by 2020 and has already passed that target.
The group, which comprises of The Swan With Two Necks, The Wayfarer, The Orange Tree, Blockhouse at The Sheet Anchor, The Boars Head, The Seven Stars and The Red House, cemented plans to raise the incredible amount of money for the charity in 2017.
A huge range of events and activities have taken place to get to this significant total from mud runs, inter-restaurant competitions, sponsored days and events, the group’s adaptation of Bring a Pound Day and the final activity that helped push the total past the finish line was a Coffee Morning at the Orange Tree.
Guests paid a donation to get into the restaurant where they could help themselves to cake and refreshments, enjoy a raffle and buy from the “car boot” style set up. The total raised in just two hours was £1,210.09.
Ben Allison, compliance and projects manager at Parogon has managed the fundraising. He said: “I can’t believe we’ve not only reached, but exceeded the total in just under two years. It feels like such a great achievement.
“We’re so grateful to our friendly and generous customers, our incredible staff who have all gone above and beyond to help us hit this target, and to Dougie Mac for continuing to support this goal, encourage us and remind us why we did it.
“We’re thrilled to be able to make a difference to such an incredible charity and we hope the money can help many families in Staffordshire.”
Managing Director of Parogon, Richard Colclough holds a special place in his heart for Dougie Mac. He added: “I know first-hand the incredible work that the Dougie Mac does and the difference they can make to lives.
“My mum died four years ago and the hospice was a great support and comfort throughout the whole experience. It feels very rewarding to give something back to them after all the help they gave my family and I think mum would be proud.”
Dougie Mac is an adult hospice that provides specialist palliative care and support to people across North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent at a time when they need it most. The hospice has to raise in excess of £12m per year and 80% of this comes from donations.
Donna Adams, Head of Fundraising and Lottery at Dougie Mac said: “We’re really grateful to Parogon Group for making such a generous pledge to Dougie Mac – and it is fantastic that they have smashed their target a year earlier than expected.
“Parogon’s support is truly remarkable and will help to ensure that the hospice can keep delivering excellent care to people with life-limiting illnesses across North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.”
To get involved or donate visit www.dmhospice.org.uk.