Kettering postman raises smiles, laughs & £1.8k for charityPostal, Royal Mail Group (EMP) May 13 2020
Jason Turner’s ‘superhero’ deliveries have made him a firm favourite with the residents of a Northamptonshire village, who have responded with generous donations to his appeal for the local hospital’s charitable trust.
“I wanted to cheer people up – especially the children stuck at home and getting bored,” says Jason, who delivers out of Royal Mail’s Kettering office to the village of Mawsley.
“But I also wanted to raise money for the superheroes of the NHS as well, so I set up a donations page on my facebook and posted it up on the local community page,” he explains, adding that he had hoped to raise “maybe a couple of hundred pounds.”
So he and his colleague David Guess – who shares the Mawsley duty with him – agreed to deliver in ‘hero’ costumes to raise a few laughs and cash for a good cause.
“I chose Spiderman and David decided to be Iron Man – but unfortunately his outfit was too small for his six-foot four-inch frame and it split when he put it on,” Jason reveals, “and so it was just me from then on, but all credit to David for his full support.”
Over the past three weeks, Jason has also masqueraded as Batman, The Flash and Mr Incredible to the delight of his customers.
“The local people have really enjoyed it and children are always looking out for when I arrive,” continues our hero postman – “residents have been donating to the appeal, and back at our delivery office, my colleagues have chipped in as well.
“Yesterday, when the appeal closed, it had raised £1,815 – which is way more than I’d expected at the beginning – so thanks to everyone.”
Peter Bracey, CWU rep at Kettering, is full of praise for Jason’s efforts, saying: “We’re all very proud of Jason. He’s a great guy, helping the community and supporting good causes as well, and the people on his round all really like him.
And CWU South Midlands Branch secretary Des Arthur agrees, describing Jason as “a real credit to this union and to the branch.”