He had no intention of putting his feet up when he turned 74 on Wednesday 13th April.
Instead he put his best foot forward and took to a local park to run 10 kilometres for charity.
He was joined on the run by his wife Mandy and about 20 members of the family, friends and staff from the pubs. They cajoled and encouraged him over the finish line in Woodbank Park, Offerton. Mr Almonds’s run raised a huge £4000 for the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research UK (FPWR UK), a charity close to his heart.
His granddaughter Bella was diagnosed with the rare condition just two weeks after she was born in 2013. People with Prader-Willi Syndrome may present some challenging learning and emotional behaviours and unusual medical issues. There is no cure, but the mission of FPWR UK is to eliminate its challenges through the advancement of research. It is hoped that high quality research will lead to more effective treatments and an eventual cure for the disorder.
“I’m just so pleased we managed to raise so much for charity, I would like to thank everyone who was involved including those who donated, ran alongside me or came to cheer me on.”
Donations to the charity can be made via Just Giving: www.justgiving.co.uk/Doug-Almond or text BOSS73 followed by the amount you’d like to donate to 70070 (e.g. BOSS73 £10).
Last summer more than 200 regulars at the pubs took part in a 12.5-mile “pub crawl with a purpose” from the Fletcher’s Arms to the Hesketh Tavern and raised more than £12,000 for FPWR UK, they are planning the same again this year on the 23rd July.