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Mike Pegg

Brief:  Mike has been nominated for the Sentinel Heroes Awards for his volunteering and fundraising work for the Douglas Macmillan hospice. He moved to Team from Birmingham five years ago.

Volunteering fits in with my busy schedule

Mike Pegg is originally from Birmingham and moved to Tean five years ago. The 67 year old was a Sales Manager at National Express Coaches before retiring in 2013.

“When I moved to Tean, I heard from many people in the are about the wonderful reputation the DougieMac has. I also found out that the hospice needs to raise over £12 million every year to maintain its many services,” Mike said.

“In my previous employment I dealt with may clients and thought that by using my skills of communicating and negotiating I could maybe help the hospice in some way.”

Mike arranged to see the Volunteer Resources team at the DougieMac, who explained the various volunteer roles that he might be interested in.

His first role almost four years ago was to pick up and drop off the hospice collection boxes two to three times a year from existing local businesses within North Staffordshire.

During this time he has managed to open over 150 new outlets where supporters can make a donation. He has also managed to encourage some of these establishments to actively support the DougieMac in other ways, such as organising their own events to raise additional funds.

“DougieMac has become an important part of my life, and I really enjoy raising money whenever I can, and also to raise the profile of this fantastic local charity,” Mike explained.

“I’m always amazed by the tremendous support and generosity of people from North Staffordshire towards the DougieMac, as well as their pride in it. I have met strangers who I now consider friends and look forward to making many more in the coming years,” he concluded.

If you’d be interested in joining Mike as a volunteer collecting boxing agent, please e-mail volunteernow@dmhospice.org.uk today.

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