“All in all, it’s been an amazing experience and I’ve met some wonderful people. I’ve worked hard and also had some great experiences. Oh, and if you think that you may be too old for this sort of thing, I’ll be 62 in a few weeks’ time. Yes, you have to be fairly fit; I cycle and go to the gym on a regular basis, and don’t expect luxury – this isn’t a holiday. But go with an open mind and heart, take a gift (I took a kilo of Cheshire Cheese and gave a PowerPoint presentation about the canals of Britain), and you might just have the most incredible experience of your life.”

Read Mike’s blog about his volunteering experience