A Menzies Distribution driver who went above the call of duty when delivering newspapers in heavy snow has received an award from the National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN).
Mitchell McHardy was determined to get the day's newspapers to retailers in Campbeltown, Argyll, but conditions worsened and he found himself stuck in 15ft of snow. When Mitchell failed to return to the depot and his colleagues discovered his phone was out of signal they raised the alarm with police, and contacted his family.
Fortunately, officers were able to confirm Mitchell was safe and he was able to return home once the snow cleared.
As a result of his gallant efforts, Mitchell was nominated for the News Deliverer Merit Award by retailer David Woodrow who said: "Mitchell went above and beyond his call of duty to ensure his customers in Campbeltown, Argyll, received delivery of their newspapers in what turned out to be some of the worst weather conditions the area had ever seen."
In awarding Mitchell a merit award, the panel of judges said: "Home News Delivery is a difficult and challenging business and requires contributions from both wholesalers and retailers. Such is the dedication of one wholesale-house employee that for the first time, one of these awards goes to a Menzies Distribution member of staff, who earlier in the year went above and beyond the call of duty to complete his rounds, despite some of the worst weather conditions ever seen in the local area.
"Showing great commitment to his role, and battling snowdrifts of 15 feet he made sure that he completed all of his rounds. However, as a result of this extra effort, tonight’s winner of this award became stranded on a remote road, losing contact with both his depot and his family, who were so concerned that they reported him missing.
"Cold, tired, lonely, and just a little afraid, he was forced to stay overnight in his vehicle until local services intervened and the road reopened."