Town crier Bill has plenty to shout about personally

LEEK Town Crier Bill Lomas has lose to shout about, so to speak.

Because the 72 year old has shed lots of pounds to raise hundreds of pounds for Stoke-on-Trent’s Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

The Blurton-based ‘Dougie Mac’ is a charity that tugs on Bill’s heart strings.

“It’s a fantastic cause that has personally touched the hearts of everyone I know in Leek. Anything I can do to support it while I’m shouting in the town, I will do it,” said Bill, who has lost two stone (28 pounds) in weight.

It was the result of accepting a challenge of a friend and businessman to lose weight that Bill has now been able to hand over £800 to the hospice

The ‘Dougie Mac’ provides palliative for care for adults across North Staffordshire with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

The hospice’s corporate fundraiser Katie Sherwin said: “We’d like to congratulate Bill on his amazing weight loss and also thank him for supporting Dougie Mac by raising those all-important finds.”

The hospice needs to raise around £12.5 million a year in order to continue providing free palliative care to thousands of people struck with life-limiting illnesses.