Rushlake Green Post Office recognised for service during Covid-19 pandemic

17th July

The team at Rushlake Green Post Office is celebrating after reaching the finals of the Community Engagement category at the Post Office’s ‘We’re Stronger Together’ regional awards for the South East region.

Rushlake Green shop

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 great work by Postmaster Tony Field who runs Rushlake Green Post Office, was highlighted 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.

Tony said: “We were all very proud to have been finalists at the Post Office ‘We’re Stronger Together’ awards for service during Covid-19 pandemic in the Community Engagement category. This was a great achievement by the whole team, but special mention goes to Julia who has worked her socks off for the past few weeks. Thanks also to all our lovely customers who have supported us throughout the lockdown. We look forward to continuing to serve you as things gradually return to normal.”

Finalist Tony Field who runs the Rushlake Green Post Office

Post Office Area Manager Graeme Bower, added: “Tony at our Rushlake Green branch was nominated for the Community Engagement award for his remarkable effort to increase his branch’s profile in the community. After only taking on a Post Office last year, Tony has transformed the fortunes of this little-known shop and made it the heart of the community. In spite of the difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Tony managed to increase his Post Office’s income compared to the same time last year had he has received many positive customer responses.”

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 East have fared during the pandemic including Rushlake Green. 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.”