It also means that rarely a day goes by without his car – a 2004 Mazda 6 2.0 litre model converted to run on LPG – being put to good use as well, transporting day patients to and from St Catherine’s.
Yet while his car is used for good deeds it also doubles as his own transportation and as a retired person, Mike knows more than most that every penny counts.
Hence his decision to convert it to LPG so it can run on the cheaper and greener fuel.
It costs Mike as little as £33 to fill up his car – just compare that to how much it would be if it was petrol and diesel – and for that he will get about 250 miles if it is just local driving and up to 300 miles for longer journeys on motorways.
“The conversion cost around £1,000 but it will have paid for itself in just over a year because of the mileage I do helping the hospice five days a week. After that, it’s all money saved by paying so much less to fill up.
“Also, the performance of the car is in no way altered and it’s been absolutely spot on since the work was done,” said Mike, whose no stranger to the benefits of LPG as this is the second car he has had converted.
Typically LPG costs about 45 per cent less than diesel or petrol, usually resulting in annual savings of up to 40 per cent in fuel costs. LPG also has better environmental credentials than either diesel or petrol.
There are some 1,400 LPG refuelling sites across the UK with about 165,000 cars in the country running on the greener fuel. Autogas Limited itself, the UK’s leading supplier of automotive LPG, has refuelling stations at 220 forecourts.
Paul Oxford, business development manager, Autogas, said: “It’s great news to hear of Mike using his LPG powered car to help the community in such a fantastic way.
“And as a savvy motorists he also appreciates the many benefits of using LPG, both monetary and environmentally.”
For more information about LPG and Autogas Limited, visit www.autogas.ltd.uk.