Every day we hear stories of Postmasters and branch going the extra miles for the customers. And we’re pleased when their work is recognised by people in their community.
A recent example is when Meltham Town Council awarded Postmaster Syed Hussain the Pride of Meltham Award, which recognises those in the Meltham community for their outstanding achievements.
Meltham Post Office, in our North West and North Wales region, remained open throughout the national lockdowns and local restrictions, ensuring vital services were provided to local residents and businesses. Meltham Town Council highlighted that despite difficult circumstances, Syed continued to provide a friendly and highly efficient service.
Syed became Postmaster in August 2016, when he took on the Post Office located in Huddersfield Road, Meltham, Holmfirth in West Yorkshire. He has been a central part of the community ever since.
Reflecting on his award, Syed said: “I am truly delighted to be awarded with the Pride of Meltham Award. Winning this award is so encouraging after a hard year, I was amazed when I found out. This award has given me the encouragement I need.”
Syed being awarded the Council’s Pride of Meltham Awards highlights how important the Post Office had been to the Metlham community during lockdown. There has been an increase in parcels and letters being sent through the branch – a result of people sending gifts and notes to their loved ones to say connected.
The Post Office was adapted during the lockdowns with a one-way system and a variety of arrangements to ensure the branch remained safe while delivering vital services.
Syed extended his thanks to the Meltham community for their continued support, including checking how he was during the lockdowns, noticing when he was busier than usual or without his usual smile.
He said: “After five years I feel I know most of the community and we have a great connection, I enjoy the conversations we have daily and really do love working here.”
The Pride of Meltham Awards are usually celebrated with a Civic Dinner and an engraved wooden shield presented to the recipients of the award. While Covid-19 means that may not be possible this year, Syed is looking forward to celebrating with his wife, even if that may be virtually.