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In this Community Spotlight, we’re excited to share the story of Melvin, a stalwart volunteer whose journey of service spans decades and has touched countless lives within and beyond the Milton Keynes community. Alongside his wife Julie, who volunteers in the children’s church, Melvin’s tale is one of dedication, love, and the impactful realisation of faith through action.

Q: Melvin, could you share a bit about your background and what brought you to Milton Keynes?

Melvin: My wife Julie and I moved to Milton Keynes back in 1980, starting our journey with the Woughton Ecumenical Parish. Despite financial constraints, I’ve always been driven to contribute to my community. From cleaning the church, running youth groups, to initiating the parish magazine and contributing as an editor for 12 years, my goal has been to serve wherever I could.

Q: That’s quite a diverse range of volunteer work. Can you tell us more about your involvement with MK Kings Junior Ice Hockey Club and other initiatives?

Melvin: Absolutely! In 1990, I began volunteering with the MK Kings Junior Ice Hockey Club. Over nearly two decades, I wore many hats as a team manager, coach, secretary, and fundraiser, even getting involved in the national management of the game.

Around 2000, while working in IT, I started a printer cartridge recycling program that astonishingly raised over £1 million for various charities and good causes. This initiative led to the establishment of the Everyman Appeal, aiming to raise awareness and funds for male cancer research.

Q: Your efforts to help others are truly inspiring. What motivates you to volunteer, especially with your work as a CAP Money Coach and leading a job club?

Melvin: For me, volunteering is an expression of love and faith. Galatians 6:10 resonates deeply with me, emphasising the importance of doing good, especially for our family of believers. With my background, I felt compelled to use my skills and knowledge to assist others. Leading the job club and becoming a CAP Money Coach at MKCC allowed me to support approximately 1,200 people in securing employment or starting their own businesses. Sharing my expertise to help our church family and others manage their finances or job search is simply fulfilling my call to serve.

Over to you

Melvin’s story is a testament to the power of generosity and the profound impact one individual’s service can have on a community. His life reflects a commitment to “Given to Generosity,” “Saved to Serve,” and “Committed to Community,” embodying the very essence of what it means to live out one’s faith through action.

Inspired by Melvin’s journey and wish to share your own story of service? We invite you to let us know by filling in the form on our website by clicking the button below. Together, let’s continue to build a community where everyone can experience the joy of giving and serving, just as Melvin has.

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