Sidmouth charity man trailer request
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A Sidmouth man whose car is overflowing with the newspapers he collects for charity had a tow bar fitted for free – and now he is appealing for a trailer.
Mike Rock is at capacity, singlehandedly collecting about a tonne of paper each week so Dream-A-Way can get a payout from Devon County Council (DCC).
To help out, Hamilton Garage in Sidford fitted a £500 removable tow bar for free when he collected his new car this week.
“I’m a victim of my own success – I’ve gone from collecting 100kg a week to a tonne, and a lot of other people want me to collect as well,” said Mike.
“I’ve had such a massive response – the demand is there, we just need the facilities.”
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“This benefits everyone,” said Mike, who is among just a handful of volunteers who collect paper for Dream-A-Way.
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He is currently taking three full car-loads a week to the Marsh Barton recycling centre.
“A trailer would make such a difference for the charity,” Mike added.
When he isn’t using the trailer, it can be used by one of the other volunteers across the county – and none of them claim expenses.
Mike helps out to repay the charity that helped his family, as he has three autistic children and Dream-A-Way provided respite care.
Sales manager Terry Jennings said: “Mike showed us the work he is doing and we came to the conclusion it would be something nice to do for a local charity.”
He said they were always happy to consider requests for help on a local level.
Mike is asking for anyone who has a trailer that they no longer need to call him on 07850 456945.