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Ballymena postie recognised as COVID-19 hero

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Geoffrey Aiken has been recognised for his work in raising almost £3,000 for a food bank.

The Ballymena postman donned all manner of fancy dress outfits to deliver the post during lockdown by a dare from his nephew.

The Spirit of NI COVID-19 Hero awards are a joint venture between the Sunday Life and Ulster Bank, as a replacement to this years ‘Spirit of NI’ awards ceremony, which was cancelled.

Recognising individuals who have contributed to their community’s during the pandemic, Geoffrey, was one of a number of individuals recognised this week.

Geoffrey started a Go Fund Me page in April to raise funds for Ballymena Foodbank.

He told the Sunday Life: “My nephew said ‘are you up for it?’ and I wrote back and said ‘why not?’,” explained Geoffrey. “Because of the restrictions on movements they weren’t getting as many donations so I thought if I was going to do it I might as well do it for something.”.

“Any postman in the Ballymena area could lift groceries that were marked for the food bank.

“From the start it was great fun, if only in life you could make people smile as easily as that every other day it would be nice.

“I genuinely don’t feel like a hero at all.”

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