WALTHAM Chase Post Office has been recognised for its efforts and commitment to keeping the branch open during the Covid-19 pandemic and serving its local community.

The Winchester Road branch was a finalist in the Local Hero category at the Post Office’s ‘We’re Stronger Together’ regional awards for the South East region.

The great work by postmaster Adrian Segovia was highlighted last month by Post Office chief executive Nick Read.

Postmasters who operate branches in the South East 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 Andy Pittsa said: “Adrian at our Waltham Chase branch was nominated for the Local Hero award for sticking by his customers during the coronavirus pandemic. Adrian kept his shop supplied with all manner of goods during the pandemic, keeping the village fed and watered. Even when flour was short, Adrian was buying 20kg bags and putting them in smaller ones for his customers. In addition to keeping his shop and branch open he has run deliveries for vulnerable customers and has continually updated the community on developments through social media.”

And Nick Read added: “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 East have fared during the pandemic including Waltham Chase. 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.”