Commonwealth Games silver medallist Laura Weightman today encouraged customers to ‘race to the finish line’ by posting early for Christmas.
She also urged customers to always use the postcode on cards and parcels to help Royal Mail sort the festive mailbag as quickly as possible.
Laura, 23, from Lesbury, was visiting Tyneside Mail Centre.
She said: “I know the lengths everyone everywhere in Royal Mail go to during the festive season to ensure that gifts and cards are delivered on time at Christmas. So please help Royal Mail at its busiest time by posting your cards and gifts early, enabling it to spread the workload.”
Laura also met colleagues and temporary Christmas workers to encourage everyone to provide a cracking Christmas for all customers.
Sue Whalley, Royal Mail’s chief operations officer, said: “Christmas is the busiest time of year for Royal Mail and our customers. As we do every year, we encourage people to post and order presents early to help us spread the workload in the run up to Christmas. The postcode is never more important than at this time of year and we would encourage everyone to use it on their cards and parcels.”
Another Commonwealth Games gold medal-winner, Glasgow-born postman and bantamweight boxing champion, Charlie Flynn, knows first-hand what it is like to deal with masses of Christmas parcels and cards to deliver a first class Christmas for customers.
Charlie is part of the 238-strong workforce at the Royal Mail’s Scottish distribution centre in Wishaw, Lanarkshire.