The Parogon Group has handed over a cheque for more than £13k to Dougie Mac.
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, started September with an aim to raise £10,000 for Dougie Mac.
By pitting all of the sites except The Red House against each other to see which could raise the most money for the initiative, the group saw tremendous success and exceeded their target. In order to achieve the fundraising goal, six sites added a voluntary £1 to customers’ bills. The Red House, which opened last month and provided complimentary food at their “dry launch” event, asked guests to donate £5 towards the charity.
Ben Allison, Compliance and Projects Manager at the group was the driving force behind this initiative. He said: “What an amazing success our campaign was! We have finished, with our guests’ support on a total of £13,053.47.
“Our top site was the Blockhouse, they averaged 97p per table over the course of the month. We really have been blown away by the outstanding generosity of our guests and the backing of the campaign by our team throughout our restaurants.”
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. This year, with the help of the local community, they’re hoping to raise £100,000 for their Bring A Pound campaign to help reach that target.
Steph Bradbury, Senior Corporate Fundraiser on behalf of Dougie Mac said: “This is absolutely brilliant. Thank you to everyone at Parogon Group for all your hard work in making this happen. You, your staff and your customers are amazing. This makes you by far the most successful supporter of this year’s Bring a Pound Campaign. You should all be very proud.”
Managing Director of Parogon Group, Richard Colclough added: “I’m absolutely thrilled with this result. The sites have stuck to their task and our customers have been fabulous in both their generosity and enthusiasm for the campaign.
“A big thank you personally to Ben, as his impetus and drive behind this project is ultimately the reason it was such a success and something else to be truly proud of.”
To get involved or donate visit: www.dmhospice.org.uk/bring-a-pound/