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2013-01-28 12:20:15 - Michael Lawrence is an ordinary lad. At 22 he has a job, he enjoys spending time with his friends and dreams about his future. One of those dreams is about to come true thanks to the support of his employer, Peterborough-based medical devices company Coloplast (

Having spent ten days in Nigeria on a medical aid missionary trip in 2011, Michael set his sights on bigger things. He explained:

“I have always loved helping people. The missionary trip to Nigeria was a great opportunity and gave me a thirst for doing more to help people. Since returning from Nigeria I have dreamt of doing something more, something bigger. Last year I applied to take part in another missionary trip, this time for six months. When I found out I had been accepted I was over the moon – this kind of thing just doesn’t happen to me.”

Michael was prepared to hand in his notice at Coloplast, knowing that when he returned he would have to look for

another job. When Michael spoke to his manager, Vince Quarizzo, he was amazed by the response. Vince explained:

“Michael is a valued employee. He is a hard worker, is dedicated to his job and truly lives the Coloplast values of closeness, respect and responsibility. When he spoke to me about his missionary trip I felt that it was something we could support him with. The management team agreed with me and we offered to keep his job open for when he returns.

“Outside of work Michael is clearly passionate about helping people, which resonates with our mission at Coloplast. It is humbling to have an employee who is so dedicated to helping people that he is willing to give up his job to do so. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Michael and we are pleased that we are able to support him.”

Michael’s trip will see him travel abroad to undertake a period of study, followed by an outreach programme in an area of the world where help is urgently needed. Michael could be doing anything from counselling people who have been through a traumatic experience to re-building houses.

While Michael is out of the country, fellow Coloplast employee Justine Baron will take over his job. Justine has, until now, been working in the distribution department and seeking to develop her career within the customer care team. By taking Michael’s place for the next six months Justine will be trained as part of the customer care team, helping her to further her career.

If you want to join a company that is recognised in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For, has been awarded the Peterborough Telegraph Business Award for People Development, cares for its customers and genuinely recognises and rewards success, visit

Tammy Norris
Phone: 01733564906

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