MORE than £40,000 has been raised by Cheadle people in support of a town hairdresser. Duncan Cowan has been a supporter of the Douglas Macmillan Hospice over the past 42 years. Since 2010, he has taken an even more active role in raising funds for the charity – and this year his total has reached a whopping £33,000.
Duncan’s association with the Dougie Mac stretches across four decades but he became even more involved following the death of his mother, Sheila, in 2007, who had been cared for at home by Dougie Mac nurses.
Duncan said: “We’ve done fund-raising for Dougie Mac since the late 1970s through sponsored events and, in the 1980s, I invited people to guess the names chosen when my sons were born.
“Since 2010 we’ve taken on more challenges including sponsored cycle rides and a sponsored swim.
“There have been people over the years who have done so much to help the various charity challenges we set ourselves.
“I’ve had fantastic support from my wife, family, friends and clients.
“I have surrounded myself with an excellent team of people without whom I would never have been able to raise this amount of money.”
Duncan had not ridden a bike since the age of 15 but undertook the first ride with various friends and acquaintances, cycling from Blackpool Tower to the Dougie Mac Hospice in Blurton.
The following year Duncan organised a sponsored swim for the riders who swam the equivalent of the English Channel at South Moorlands Leisure Centre.
They then went on to cycle 400 miles from the Eiffel Tower to the hospice.
Other rides have included cycling from L’Arc de Triomphe to Marble Arch, from Cheadle to Windsor via Sandringham and from Cheadle to Devon.
After recovering from an illness, Duncan was back in the saddle this year to cycle from Boston in Lincolnshire to York and plans to bike in Boston, Massachusetts and New York.
Duncan added: “There has been amazing support over the years from local people and businesses to help me achieve my goals.
“In recent years I have been made an ambassador for the hospice. This involves representing the Dougie Mac at other fundraising events.
“Finally I would like to once again thank my team and the people of Cheadle for their continued support.”
Karen McKenzie, director of income generation at Dougie Mac said: “Duncan is an integral part of the Dougie Mac family, having supported the hospice for 40 years and undertaking numerous physically challenging fundraisers in the last decade.
“In addition to his extreme dedication to raising funds for the hospice, Duncan also volunteers his time to help the hospice in many ways including holding an Ambassador role, undertaking cheque presentations and thanking others on behalf of Dougie Mac at fundraising events in the local community.
“We can’t thank Duncan enough for his commitment to Dougie Mac over the years. He is a cornerstone of support for the hospice and his generous nature means that he has fundraised and donated in excess of £40,000, of which every penny goes towards funding exceptional care to over 3,000 patients, and their loved ones, each year.”
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