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Dougie Mac welcomes supporters back to shop

The Dougie Mac hospice has said it is “delighted” that its Alsager shop has re-opened, its doors opening at 10am on Monday.

The shop, at 18, Lawton Road, Alsager, will be open Monday-Friday, 9.15am-3.45pm, in the run-up to Christmas and will be open for shopping and also accepting donations.

Liz Clarke, Dougie Mac’s head of retail, said, “We’re so happy to be re-opening our Alsager shop and we can’t wait to welcome back our wonderful supporters.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to our fantastic retail team and amazing volunteers who have made it possible for us to re-open in time for Christmas. The shop is fully stocked with a great selection of good quality clothes, accessories and homewares, all at really affordable prices.”

She added: “All of our shops rely on the support of our local community. We’re always looking for more volunteers to help out in all our shops, so if this is something you’re interested, pop in and have a chat with the team in any of our 20 local shops.”

After closing for the lockdown, all Dougie Mac shops continue to operate in accordance with covid-safe practices including face coverings, social distancing signage, hand sanitiser stations and till screens.

Douglas Macmillan Hospice – known as Dougie Mac – provides specialist palliative care for adults, young adults and children across North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

In March 2021, plans to amalgamate local children’s hospice The Donna Louise Trust were finalised. The unification of children and adult services ensures all patients and their families continue to receive care and support for as long as they need it.

The hospice is independent and receives no funding from any national charity.

It will cost in excess of £15.4m this year to run and develop the full range of services for the hospice: 75% of the total sum is funded by voluntary donations.

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