In Scunthorpe postman Dave Shipman saved a family-of-five’s house from burning down when he heard a smoke alarm while out on his round.
In County Durham postwoman Mandy Joyce summoned up strength she didn’t know she had to push away a car that was crushing an 82-year-old grandmother. When the old lady left for hospital in an ambulance Mandy calmly finished her round.
Britain’s local papers are full of such stories – about postal workers embedded at the heart of their communities. That’s why, earlier this year, residents of villages near Llanelli started a campaign to stop their postman being transferred elsewhere. They felt reassured that a local postman, who everybody knew, was a point of daily contact who provided a lifeline for the elderly and isolated.