More than 200,000 cards & gifts sent to Marston Moreteyne Post Office for Captain Tom’s 100th birthday
Marston Moreteyne Postmaster Bill Chandi has been recognised with a special Post Office recognition award for his role in helping to mark the 100th birthday of Captain Tom.
More than 200,000 cards, letters and gifts have been sent to the village’s Post Office, to mark Captain Tom Moore becoming a centenarian.
Post Office Area Manager Paul Mead presented the award to Bill, who has been Postmaster for 32 years. It says:
“Presented to Bill Chandhi as Recognition for his continued service and commitment to the Marston Moreteyne community.”
Post Office Chief Executive Nick Read, said:
“Bill has been a great ambassador for Post Office and I want to thank him for his amazing involvement in marking Captain Tom’s 100th birthday.
“Bill is a pillar of the community and he has certainly gone the extra mile by providing somewhere for people to send 100th birthday cards, transporting gifts to Captain Tom’s home and processing lots of donations inside the mail.”
Bill was also presented with two giant collages of photos of Marston Moreteyne Post Office’s involvement with Captain Tom’s birthday celebrations and fundraising. These will be displayed in the window of the branch in Bedford Road.
Captain Tom’s birthday cards were sorted and displayed at Bedford School and there are plans to display these cards in the future.
Bill Chandi, said:
“My Post Office is at the heart of the Marston Moreteyne community and I am delighted to have played a part in this amazing story by accepting 100th birthday cards and donations for this community’s most famous resident, who really lifted our spirits during this pandemic.
“Not everyone could make donations on line so it was great to provide Marston Moreteyne Post Office as somewhere to send donations by post.”