Wish You Were Here…

A Harrogate vendor was delighted recently when customers who were delivered straight to his pitch, thanks to the kindness of a local postman.

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Simon has sold Big Issue North in Harrogate for the past 10 years. Although he is described by many as a jewel in the town, people selling Big Issue North can often feel undervalued. And it’s a challenge for people experiencing homelessness to be contacted via postal delivery.

Some of his customers recently sent him postcards from their holidays in Australia and New Zealand. Simon, who was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, was stunned when they were handed straight to him by postman Peter Nichols on his pitch outside Boots.

“It really got to me”, said Simon. “It really touched me! I can’t believe that people have gone out of their way to remember me on their holiday, but also that the postie delivered them to my pitch!”

Members of the Harrogate community, reading about Nichols’ actions, have called for him to be awarded postal worker of the year. Peter humbly responded: “I was just doing my job. I must say that Simon was quite overwhelmed by the arrival of the postcards.”

Paul Wilkins, Royal Mail delivery office manager in Harrogate, said: “Peter is a bastion of the local community, and his recent delivery to Simon is yet another example of his continual service above and beyond the call of duty. We are delighted that he is receiving the recognition that he deserves.”

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