Monica Dunbar and Mark Pegg

Celebrity backs crisis prevention centre

Former EastEnders actor Mark Pegg has vowed to back a campaign by the LoveInspire Foundation Trust to establish the first crisis prevention and distribution centre in Burton.

Mark, who set up the Acting Academy, at Bretby Business Park earlier this year is best known for his role as villain Alfie Kane in the hit BBC soap opera. He has also worked with stars including James Bond actor Daniel Craig and Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley.

His role as patron of Burton’s LoveInspire Foundation, founded by Monica Dunbar, will now see him help promote and support the charity in making its crisis prevention centre a reality.

Mark will be taking to the stage at the charity’s biggest fundraiser to date – the LoveInspire Summer BIG NIGHT OUT on Saturday June 30 at the town’s Wing Wah Chinese restaurant.

He explained: “When I met Monica and heard what she was doing it really inspired me. Unfortunately, too many people are facing hardship and unsure where to turn. The crisis prevention centre offers a one-stop centre where people can go before things spiral and hit crisis so that they can get the help and support they need to turn their lives around.

“The message and difference the charity makes to people’s lives just really stood out for me and I feel honoured to be a part of that and to help in any way I can.  Having worked as an actor and producer for over 25 years, helping others is one of the main reasons I set up the Acting Academy so that I can support others in getting the break they need to start in their dream career.

“The LoveInspire Foundation is helping to change lives and I for one support their campaign to bring the first-ever crisis prevention centre to Burton and will be doing everything I can to support their work.”

The LoveInspire Foundation was set up in January 2017 by Monica, who runs the town’s longest-standing Caribbean caterers Dattie’s Soul Food. Since starting the charity has helped more than 400 local individuals and families in crisis.

The charity is now looking to raise £5,000 to start the crisis prevention centre.

The LoveInspire Summer Fundraiser BIG NIGHT OUT will be at Wing Wah in New Street from 6.30pm on Saturday June 30. It will be a night of comedy, live music and celebrity guests. Tickets cost £29.93 and include a buffet and are available online here at Eventbrite.

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