Dougie Mac: helping you every step of your journey - Suzi Smith

The hospice cares for adults with a palliative or end of life diagnosis across North Staffordshire. When someone hears the devastating news that they have a terminal illness, life as they know changes forever. We provide care and support free of charge, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We help people living with cancer and non cancer life limiting illnesses such as advanced heart failure, motor neurone disease and incurable lung diseases. Our dedicated staff and volunteers make a huge difference to a patient’s journey, they are central to the care we provide and all we do. We strive to go that extra mile to provide a warm, friendly and peaceful environment either at the hospice or in a family’s home. We promote choice, independence, dignity and an individual journey. 


Dougie Mac has been involved in the Potters Arf since 2009 and in the past 7 years over 650 runners have taken part to support the hospice with £207,547 raised to help fund end of life care in North Staffordshire.

In 2013, Richard Stonier embarked on the Potters Arf challenge as part of his journey to raise £40,000 In Memory Of his mum Diane Stonier. 

“As part of Dougie Mac’s 40th Anniversary, I wanted to take on 40 events to raise £40,000 for my Mum Diane. It was my goal to inspire and raise awareness for this amazing charity the Dougie Mac which helped care for my mum in her final days. The events I took on along my journey included so many different challenges, cycle rides, mountain climbs and even a shark dive but Potters Arf was special.  It’s a local race where the community support is superb. It is a challenge that pushes you to different levels both physically and mentally . . . The sense of success you feel after completing such a tough circuit is over whelming”.


We asked some of our supporters to share their Potters Arf memories:

This year is my third Potters Arf, I love being inspired by so many people and having my running club Stoke Fit supporting me” – Dan Harmer

This is my fourth Potters Arf, my favourite part is the nice guy on Milton Road with the hose pipe. . . that guy is a lifesaver!” – Matt Robinson

I have now done the Potters Arf four times and my favourite part is running the last 200 metres with the crowds cheering us on to the finish” – Philip John Salt

2016 will be my 6th Potters Arf marathon, I’m looking forward to seeing the students from Ormiston Horizon Academy handing out the goody bags they’ve put together” – Zoe Heath

I’ll be the third family member to run this race following in the footsteps of my mom and brother. I’m not looking forward to Anchor Road and Milton Road but I know the support has always been good on the route” – Alison Tasker, Potters Trotters

Fantastic event and so well organised, a credit to you all” – Gillian Bailey

Ken – you and your team put on an amazing event which we are all proud to take part in! Thank You” – Trentham Running Club

Thanks to Ken, and everyone working behind the scenes especially Sue Rushton” – Potters Trotters Running Club