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PG Mutual Sponsor GB Para Table Tennis Athlete, Dan Bullen

This year, PG Mutual is thrilled to have sponsored 20 year old GB Para Table Tennis Athlete, Dan Bullen.

Dan Bullen suffers from Cerebral Palsy. His condition means that his leg muscles are very tight and do not grow at the same rate as his bones which causes pain and difficulty in everyday tasks. It also means that Dan requires the use of a wheelchair. Because of his condition, becoming a Table Tennis athlete has been a difficult journey for Dan.

At 8 years of age, Dan began playing Table Tennis and it was at this time that Table Tennis changed everything for him.

It took Dan weeks to hit a ball and one year before he was able to hit a ball with a Table Tennis bat.

However, Dan showed tenacity from a young age. Through hard work and determination, he is now ranked 6th in the world in the under 23’s and 33 in the World in the Wheelchair Class 5 category!

Although Dan has had much success as a GB Para Table Tennis athlete, he has even grander goals.  Dan has his sights set to compete at the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020! 

In order for Dan to reach his goal of competing at Tokyo 2020, there are a number of tasks he needs to complete. These include continuing his intense training, further improving and developing his skills, fundraising and he needs to compete against other high ranking players. These tasks require more than just the hard work and dedication that Dan puts in. Each match that allows Dan to rank higher and be eligible for Tokyo 2020 costs around £800!

In order to reach his goal, Dan requires £5,000 to help him continue his training, travel to matches and allows him move up to 12th in the rankings which will allow him to qualify for the Tokyo Paralympics GB Team.

Dan has already secured some of his sponsorship goal and is on track to reach the full £5,000 requirement.

Mike Perry, CEO at PG Mutual said: “We are very excited to be able to sponsor such a talented, young individual as Dan Bullen. He has already shown great drive and determination to get to where he is at today as a GB Para Table Tennis athlete. There is no doubt that if Dan continues down this path, he will be competing at Tokyo 2020!”

PG Mutual wishes Dan good luck in his endeavours to represent Great Britain at Tokyo 2020!

If you’d like to follow along with Dan’s journey to Tokyo 2020, you can follow us on Twitter at @PGMutual where we will be sharing more about Dan or you can follow Dan Bullen directly at @Danbullen1.

PG Mutual Paid 98% of New Claims in 2016

Each year, we strive to provide our members with the best claim rate we possibly can. We are thrilled with the new claims results for 2016.

In 2016, we were able to cover 98% of our new Income Protection Plus claims!*

Our top 3 causes of Income Protection Plus new claims in 2016 were:

  1. Infections and flu at 32%
  2. Musculoskeletal at 27%
  3. Gastrointestinal at 12%

Our average claim in 2016 was £1,896.80 and the average age of those who claimed was 48.*

Elisa Ashford, Head of Operations at PG Mutual, said “As a mutual, our commitment is to remain as transparent as possible with our current members and our future members. Sharing our claims statistics each year shows just how critical IP is in protecting our livelihood.”

“The 2016 data confirms what we know, Income Protection Plus has made a difference and continues to make a difference in our member’s lives by providing them with an important safety net when they needed it most: during illness or injury.”

“By publishing our statistics each year, we feel this provides reassurance to our members as well as further highlights the importance of Income Protection Plus.”

Don’t forget – if you need to make a claim, we have made claiming simple for our members. You can submit your claim through your members area.

*PG Mutual business new claims paid (1st January to 31st December 2016).

PG Mutual exhibiting at the BSAVA conference 2017 in celebrate their 60th anniversary!

Veterinarians and Vet Nurses train for too long to put their income at risk. That’s why we believe that our Income Protection Plus plan is a perfect fit for veterinary professionals to ensure they protect the lifestyle they have worked so hard to achieve.  

This year is a particularly special occasion for veterinary professionals as the BSAVA will be celebrating their 60th anniversary at their 2017 conference from 7th-10th April!

We are thrilled to say that we will be exhibiting in order to help mark such a fantastic anniversary as well as to discuss income protection with many veterinary professionals.

To help celebrate this special occasion for the BSAVA, we will have two great offers available for the BSAVA 2017 attendees only.

First, we will be hosting a prize draw for one lucky attendee to get their paws on £250 worth of FREE BSAVA CPD!* To enter the contest, all attendees need to do is pop around to our stand and complete their voucher from their delegate book.

Secondly, we will be offering a £60 high street voucher when you protect your income with Income Protection Plus!*

We would love to discuss how Income Protection Plus can give you and/or your practice peace of mind for the future.

Be sure to visit us on stand 914 to find out more about income protection!

*For full terms & conditions, visit www.pgmutual.co.uk/terms-and-conditions.

PG Mutual Sponsoring Callum Shaikh’s World Challenge Trip – Nepal 2018

The team at PG Mutual are thrilled to be sponsoring Callum Shaikh on his World Challenge trip to Nepal in 2018.

Callum Shaikh is 16 years old and currently studying his A-Levels in Northamptonshire in Biology, Physics and ICT Web Application at sixth form. 

On the 9th July 2018, Callum, along with 18 others student and 2 teachers will depart for their expedition to Nepal. The team will remain in Nepal for just over a month to complete numerous volunteer opportunities.

In April 2015, Nepal suffered devastation within many communities due to earthquakes that rocked the nation. Much of the work that Callum and the team will be completing includes re-building schools and homes for the locals, teaching young children and organising sporting activities.

“To me, World Challenge Nepal 2018 will be an experience of a lifetime that not many people will have the opportunity to take part in”, says Callum. “The challenge will be one of the most difficult I’ve ever had to face. However, it’s going to change the lives of the locals as well as my own in ways I would never have expected. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity.”

In order to complete his expedition, Callum has a sponsorship target of £4,500. This cost will cover his travel, insurance, medical and living costs. It will also cover the sports equipment and school stationary that he plans to take with him for the children of Nepal. 

Having already raised £2,000 towards his challenge, Callum is on track of reaching his goal. 

“I still have a ways to go. I have a long list of fundraising activities that will help me to reach my sponsorship goal.”

Along with fundraising, Callum faces other challenges including physical preparation for the expedition. Nepal is filled with mountains that peak at challenging altitudes and the villages that he will be volunteering within are located in difficult terrain.

In order to physically prepare for the demands of the Nepalese terrain, Callum will be completing a training expedition to Snowdonia on 11th November 2017. This will allow him to familiarise himself with the equipment and the altitude he will face. 

Mike Perry, CEO at PG Mutual said: “We are proud to be both associated and sponsoring Callum Shaikh for his World Challenge Nepal 2018 trip in his endeavours to help the Nepalese communities.”

“The whole team here at PG Mutual will be following along Callum’s journey and cheering him on as he undertakes this great challenge for a fantastic cause.”

If you would like to sponsor Callum Shaikh, you can do so by visiting his gofundme page here.

PG Mutual will continue to follow along and report on Callum’s training, preparation and sponsorship as he works towards his goal of World Challenge Nepal 2018.

A Modern Logo for a Modern Mutual

PG Mutual has unveiled its new logo to represent the modern ‘mutual’ it feels a friendly society in 2017 should reflect.  With an instant quick quote system and online claim procedure, PG Mutual has embraced technology to enhance the customer experience, whilst providing a high level of flexibility as well as achieving a 98% new claims paid rate for 2016.

The not-for-profit mutual, which was originally founded in 1928 as the Pharmaceutical and General Provident Society Ltd, has rapidly developed and diversified progressively to become the preferred income protection specialists of choice for working professionals.

The future for PG Mutual is ambitious and the team have already determined goals that are set to propel the company to even greater heights across the course of the next two years, “Planning for 2017 started last August when we wanted our new logo to represent a company that offers a safety net when it is needed most; if the unexpected happens and you cannot work due to illness or injury, your bills will still be paid.  With state benefits set to fall in real terms, income protection will become even more essential for families to have in place”.  Mike Perry, PG Mutual’s CEO said. “And, as well as protecting your income, the plan also offers an attractive investment element which builds up over the lifetime of the policy”.

PG Mutual is constantly seeking out new business opportunities wherever possible and is hoping to grow its business substantially over the next few years.  As well as being cost-effective, membership also brings with it access to additional services such as discounts and promotions from various retailers and leisure companies and, via its subsidiary PG Mutual Services, preferential offers for other health insurances such as Private Medical Insurance, Life Assurance and Over 50’s Life Cover.

“We have a strong corporate plan which details how we intend to grow: which market sectors and what additional resources and technology are required, with the focus on maintaining the high service levels our existing members expect and deserve”. Mike Perry concluded. “PG Mutual’s future has never looked brighter”.

For more information on Income Protection Plus from PG Mutual, visit www.pgmutual.co.uk or call 0800 146 307.

Around 300,000 UK workers fall into the welfare system because of health-related issues each year, with those on long-term sick leave missing out on £4 billion a year in lost earnings.

February 2016