WORLD OCEANS DAY: FRIDAY – PETE: SURFERS AGAINST SEWAGE
Our final story for Volunteers’ Week is here and there’s a slight twist. Though Pete works for friends of R2R (and the new Royal couple), Surfers Against Sewage, a large part of his nomination covered his work with volunteers. Also, it’s World Oceans Day – the perfect time to celebrate Pete, SAS and their inspiring mission.
I’ve worked with Pete for 4 years and he consistently goes above and beyond what is required of him within the organisation.
He has worked for SAS for 10 years and within that time has actively grown the income from £150,000 to an expected £1.5 million this year. Not only is Pete an incredible and strategic fundraiser, but he is a great line manager. He goes out of his way to support the 6 members of his team, even though he is extremely busy. He makes sure he has time to support each team member individually, making sure that everyone is happy. He’ll often buy a bottle of wine, take someone for a coffee, or lunch, or spends time with people, going for a walk with them at lunchtime to say thank you for a big success or takes the time to find out how they are. He’ll write a card, or even just an email to thank people for their work, so that no success goes unnoticed, which really helps motivate the whole team.
Pete also takes on supporting several other people in the organisation, making sure they are looked after too, even though he is not their line manager. He is always the first person in to the office in the morning and the last to leave in the evening with no overtime rewards. He also takes on overseeing the maintenance and development of the office environment to ensure the whole team has a nice space to work in. He recently bought new desks and stayed at the office until the early hours of the morning fixing desks together! He will often put up shelves, fix taps or clean the office so that we have a good place to be.
He is very committed to the SAS mission and always attends his local SAS beach clean with his family to support our volunteers. He has developed good friendships with many of our volunteers over the years. There are several volunteers that Pete will phone up for a chat, and some have moved with him from the previous charity he worked for to SAS because they wanted to continue working with him!
Put simply, Pete really gets the best out of people and goes above and beyond to help people achieve their best. Pete leads by example, often not asking, but inspiring people to do the right thing. He is really deserving of a reward so we can say ‘Thanks Pete’ for all your hard work!”
Pete and his wife Em are off for a well-earned break at the Greenbank Hotel, big supporters of R2R and just one of our 155+ fantastically generous hotel partners.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading these stories throughout Volunteers’ Week. These are just a handful of the moving, compelling and inspiring nominations we are sent every single day.
So far, more than 230 Hidden Heroes have been recognised through Room to Reward. We know that there is a lot, lot more to go.
Thanks for reading!