Mark lives in the town of Rayleigh within his constituency and is involved with a number of local charities and voluntary organisations. Mark is the Patron of the Rayleigh Branch of the Royal British Legion and was very supportive of the campaign to establish the refurbished War Memorial on the edge of Wickford Memorial Park. Mark is also an Associate Member of the Rayleigh Branch of the Royal Naval Association (by virtue of his father’s service in the Royal Navy in the Second World War).
Mark also serves as the President of various local organisations and charities, including:
- The Friends of Holy Trinity (which raises money for the upkeep of Rayleigh’s 14th century church at the top of the High Street).
- SCAFT (Supporting Carers and Families Together, who help support young children across the Rochford District who act as carers for their families).
- Wyvern Community Transport (who help to provide transport for senior citizens and disabled people who lack private transport of their own).
- Rayleigh Conservative Club on London Hill.
- Rayleigh Town Museum.
- The Essex Folk Association.
Mark regularly attends events across his constituency, as well as paying visits to local senior and junior schools in the course of the year, many of which have been on trips to visit the Houses of Parliament. Mark holds regular constituency surgeries which usually take place twice a month at his constituency office, in Bellingham Lane (just off the High Street). For more information on how to book a surgery appointment with Mark please refer to the surgery page on this website.
Mark also serves as a Patron of the national charity, Cruse Bereavement Care, which helps to aid and support those people who have suffered a bereavement and which has local branch organisations across the country.