Aldbourne Post Office wins ‘We’re Stronger Together’ award for service during Covid-19 pandemic
Aldbourne Post Office has won the Local Hero category at the Post Office’s ‘We’re Stronger Together’ regional awards for the South West region.
The awards recognise the efforts made by postmasters across the region to keep branches open during the Covid-19 pandemic and serving their local community.
The award was presented virtually to Postmasters Sue and Mark Rendell who run Aldbourne Post Office, last night by Post Office Chief Executive Nick Read. Postmasters who operate branches in South West region had the opportunity to share their experience of running their branch during the pandemic and hear directly about the Post Office’s future growth strategy.
Post Office Area Manager Rachel Chidgey, said:
“Sue and Mark at our Aldbourne branch have been nominated for our Local Hero award for their selfless commitment to another local postmaster in his time of need. Sue’s best friend lives in a village where the elderly Postmaster was feeling overwhelmed when his wife ended up in hospital after a fall. Sue offered to help with retail, supplies and cleaning of the branch for a few days. Sue then ended up helping her Postmaster colleague throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
“All the while Sue’s and Mark’s family took up the mantel of helping in her own Aldbourne Post Office giving Sue the time she needed to help elsewhere.”
Nick Read, Chief Executive at the Post Office, said:
“I have heard many inspiring stories of postmasters going the extra mile and I have welcomed the opportunity to hear first-hand how postmasters in the South West have fared during the pandemic including Aldbourne. All retailers have been affected and Post Office was no exception. The next few weeks and months will be a critical period as we try and return to a sense of normality. Post Office branches have a vital role to play in supporting their customers and communities, as well as helping small businesses and independent retailers get back on their feet.”