A SUNDERLAND soldier will receive the MBE for his drive to help military charities.
Mick Clark, 38, from Sunderland city centre, will travel to Buckingham Palace tomorrow to receive the award after being named on the New Year’s Honours List.
He co-founded Rally for Heroes, which sees him and other fund-raisers travel the length and breadth of Europe covering five miles for each fallen service man and woman who has died since the beginning of the Afghanistan conflict.
This year’s Rally for Heroes, which takes place in June, will see a convoy of 50 cars travel across 11 countries over a distance of 2,600 miles in eight days.
Their aim is to raise £100,000 for the SSAFA, who provide support for the Forces and their families.
Mick, who is a member of the Adjutant Generals Corps currently serving with the 1st Battalion Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment in Paderborn, Germany, said: “It came as a complete shock when I found out about the MBE.
“It’s really humbling, as it’s not just me who puts the work in. This is recognition for the event itself and it helps to raise awareness of what we do. It’s amazing what difference three letters can make.”
Mick is travelling from Germany to receive his award and will attend the ceremony with wife Paula and son Nathan.
Since Rally for Heroes was founded it has raised just under £155,000.
Speaking about why he embarked on his charity work, Mick said: “I’ve witnessed the impact tours of duty can have on servicemen and their families, which is why I decided to try and give something back to those that require help.”