The pounds add up to support hospice's work
MORE than 300 businesses, schools and voluntary groups counted out their pound coins in aid of a hospice.
Organisers of the Douglas Macmillan Hospice's Bring A Pound To Work Day hope the initiative has raised at least £25,000 to match last year's total.
And despite the tough economic climate, almost 100 more organisations took part than in 2010.
Hospice fund-raiser Charlotte Kay said: "The response from companies and schools has been fantastic and we hope to at least equal last year, which was in excess of £25,000."
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Many workplaces held dress down days to mark the event.
Sharon Downward, from commercial bathroom specialists Venesta, in Trentham, organised a pyjama day.
She went the whole hog with a face mask on, and rollers in her hair.
She said: "We did it last year and thought we would do it again.
"It's important to a lot of people and means so much to them."
Draughtsman Matt Maxfield, aged 37, from Talke, lost his mother to cancer.
"It's not many days I sit in a full adult monkey baby grow," he said.
"The hospice is just amazing. Without them my mother Olly wouldn't have had such an easy last few weeks.
"She had a request for her final few days to be at home and they removed all the bedroom furniture and put in a special bed. They offered their support to me and my father Max, even putting us up so we could be next to my mum, and they supported us after the event."
Pupils at Belgrave St Bartholomew's Academy, in Longton, took part in a crazy hair day.
The event was organised by vice principal John Collier as he and many of his colleagues had been affected by cancer.
It was especially important to Mr Collier to support the event as his wife Claire was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
Tracey Bloor, from Blurton, is a teaching assistant at the school, and lost her father and grandmother to cancer.
The Douglas Macmillan Hospice, based in Blurton, was able to support the patients in their homes.
Miss Bloor said: "It has hit so many of us, it doesn't matter how old you are, or what class, it affects everybody.
"The hospice staff were absolutely amazing. I can't praise them enough, they are earth's angels.
"They need as much money as they can get because they make the best of the final months of your life."
Assistant principal, Kath Crawley, of Alsager, said when her father died of cancer, the hospice offered all the support they could.
She said: "I'm always for supporting cancer charities; you don't know when it's going to be your time."
Kevin Piper, aged 53, owns 'Feet and Fins' fish pedicure in Newcastle and donated £1 from each treatment.
He said: "I have had family in the past who have suffered from cancer.
"The hospice is a wonderful cause, and it touches everyone's heart."
Peter Keller, a spokesman for the charity, said: "The money is vital because it helps to fund the care we give to people in this area."
The hospice thanked Wardle Travel and Signal Radio who travelled across the area to collect donations.