Calverley Post Office was a finalist in the Community Engagement category at the Post Office’s ‘We’re Stronger Together’ regional awards.
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 work by Postmaster Waheeda Hussain, who runs Calverley Post Office, on Carr Road, was highlighted by Post Office Chief Executive Nick Read.
The Calverley team raised £510 for the NHS by hosting a curry night. They have also set up shop deliveries for the elderly and vulnerable in the community.
Calverley postmaster Waheeda Hussain said:
“It is great to receive this recognition. Fourteen plus years running Calverley Post Office. My family and I have given a lot, but we have also gained so much.”
Post Office Area Manager Melanie Shephard, praised Waheeda’s efforts. She said:
“The team at Calverley Post Office were nominated for the Community Engagement award for the money they have raised for the NHS and for the deliveries they have set up at their branch.
“The team raised £510 for the NHS by hosting a curry night and also set up shop deliveries for the elderly and vulnerable in the community. Meanwhile the Post Office has been open full time and continues to promote services like Drop & Go, which helps local businesses.”
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 North of England have fared during the pandemic including Calverley. 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.”
Postmasters heard more at the event about three areas of their business that could help them recover some of the lost trade as a result of the pandemic – mail and parcels, banking – cash withdrawals and deposits, and the return in demand for foreign exchange.