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Dougie Mac are delighted to announce the amalgamation of local children’s hospice Donna Louise Children’s Trust into Douglas Macmillan Hospice; after initial plans were announced in March 2020.

Now operating as one hospice, Dougie Mac will offer a broad spectrum of palliative and end of life care services for children and adults across Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.

David Webster, Chief Executive at Dougie Mac said: “Our vision is that Dougie Mac will provide care for all; a dynamic 21st century hospice for children, young adults and adults across two sites; returning children’s services to round the clock care, 7 days a week.

“The unification of children and adult services is a landmark achievement which will ensure all patients and their families continue to receive exceptional care and support for as long as they need it.”  

Dougie Mac’s strong financial resilience means it is well placed to take on the continuation of children’s services which will remain free of charge to all patients and their families.

“With efficiencies in the non-clinical functions, our skilled leadership team and continued support from our local community; we are confident in our ability to secure the future of children’s services in our area.”

Dougie Mac supporters can be reassured that their pledged fundraising and donations will not be diverted from adult services. All donated funds will continue to be spent wisely in order to provide the very best care and reinforce the hospice’s commitment to grow as a sustainable organisation.

“We are grateful to both organisation’s supporters for their loyalty to local hospice care. Dougie Mac is poised and ready to build on our successes as a synergised and united hospice.”