Nominate your first class postie

THE public in Craigavon are invited to nominate Royal Mail postmen and women who are the unsung heroes in their community for a First Class People Award.

By doing so they’ll also be entering themselves in a holiday prize draw.

Royal Mail would like to hear your stories about ‘First Class’ postmen and women who are charity fundraisers in their spare time, have performed a public-spirited act or dealt with an emergency while doing their deliveries.

Last year Royal Mail was contacted by thousands of customers who nominated their postman or woman as an ‘unsung hero’

Over 4,500 people at Royal Mail are trained first aiders and amongst the nominations last year were twenty-eight examples of people being saved by postmen and women. Emergency services have said that nineteen of those people would not be alive today without someone from Royal Mail going to their aid.

Most rescues have been from house fires, and several from car crashes, but people have also been saved from drowning, suicide attempts and given first aid or resuscitated in the street.

Elderly people have lain injured in their own homes until found by their postman, including one pensioner who lay collapsed in his bath for two days and would have died of hypothermia if his postman hadn’t noticed he wasn’t around and gone to investigate.

There is a prize pot of over 30,000 for the winning postmen and women, with the regional winners going forward to the national final to find Royal Mail’s postman or woman of the year.

Customer nominations should be sent to: 1st Class People Awards, Royal Mail, 1st Floor, 148 Old Street, London EC1V 9HQ, or emailed to giving as much information as possible about the postman or woman plus your contact details, so your name can be entered into the customer prize draw to win 1,000 in holiday vouchers.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t know the postman or woman’s name – Royal Mail will be able to identify him or her from the delivery round if you give them the delivery address and postcode.

Closing date for nominations is January 25, 2008.