June 14, 2016
Burnham-On-Sea couple handed volunteer award for charity work

A Burnham-On-Sea couple have been presented with a Sedgemoor Star Volunteer Award in recognition of their charity work.

Mike and Denice Perrin, who volunteer for St Margaret’s Hospice, received the award from Denise Timmins, DBS Officer for South Somerset Association for Volunteering & Community Action.

They will also be put forward for a chance to win the overall Somerset Star award, to be presented later this year.

"We often come across selfless supporters and generosity is a trait common to many people that we encounter. In some people this wonderful quality is further enhanced by loyalty, dedication and creativity," said Julie Draper, Community Fundraiser for the Sedgemoor area.

"Mike & Denice Perrin of Burnham-On-Sea have all those qualities and more. From attending car boot sales to spending December dressed as Santa, Mike and Denice really have gone above and beyond for St Margaret's."

Mike and Denice started volunteering for the hospice in the year 2000, with Denice as a volunteer in the Burnham shop and Mike as one of the volunteer drivers.

Over the years they have become more heavily involved with the charity and embarked on joining its fundraising team in Burnham.

From 2004 – 2012 they lit their home up with a fantastic array of Christmas lights and decorations as well as making annual appearances as Santa Claus & Mrs Claus.

They have organised and supported events like the duck race, holding stalls at fayres/fetes, attending car boot sales and emptying collection boxes.

"Everyone at St Margaret’s is so grateful to them for giving so much of their time. Over the years they have raised thousands of pounds for which we are truly grateful," continued Julie.

Unfortunately Denice suffered a severe stroke in December last year, but thankfully she returned home in March this year.

Ann Lee, Chief Executive of St. Margaret’s commented: "Mike and Denise are inspirational – their dedication is incredible and they truly deserve this award. Everyone at St. Margaret’s would like to say a massive thanks to them."


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