ROOKSBRIDGE Post Office has been recognised for its efforts to keep the branch open during the coronavirus pandemic and serve the local community.

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

The great work by postmasters Heidi Haynes and Keir Ritchie who run Puriton Post Office, was highlighted by Post Office chief executive Nick Read.

Postmasters who operate branches in South West 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 Phillip Manning, said:“Rooksbridge Post Office has been nominated for our Local Hero award for the branch’s continual service of customers and the pride they take in their local community.

"When it would have been easy to close the branch and focus on their own lives, the team have continued to serve customers with a smile in these difficult times.”

The 'We're Stronger Together' awards recognise the efforts made by postmasters across the region to keep branches open during the Covid-19 pandemic and serving their local community.

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 South West have fared during the pandemic including Rooksbridge.

"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.”