A POSTWOMAN has won a national award in recognition of her fundraising for charity.
Wendy Walker, 34, of High Street, Oakham, has been crowned this year’s Royal Mail Community Champion after being nominated for her extensive fundraising in which she is running, cycling and swimming in events throughout the year for four charities.
After thousands of Royal Mail staff at branches throughout the UK were nominated for the award, Wendy made it to a shortlist of five. She was announced the winner at the company’s Chairman’s Awards for Excellence at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London.
Wendy said: “To think that I’ve come top of the tree out of thousands of entries is special.
“It makes me smile to know that I’ve been recognised.
“It’s lovely to know that people respect what you do and that’s what I appreciate most.”
In this Olympic year, Wendy, who is based at Oakham delivery office, set her own 2012 challenge. She completed the Great London Swim in May and is set to take part in the Cambridge to Paris bike ride via London from July 12 to 15; the London Duathlon on September 9 and the London Triathlon on September 23. She was due to run in the London Marathon but had to withdraw because of illness.
So far she has raised more than £2,800, which will be split between her four chosen charities; Help For Heroes, Macmillan Cancer Support, Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.
Wendy has also previously raised money for The Anthony Nolan Trust.
She was nominated for the award by her friend and training mentor Mary Hardwick, of St Mary’s Road, Manton, co-founder of triathlon fitness group Inspire2tri.
Wendy said: “I think it’s the positiveness that I portray, not only in the Royal Mail, but in the community itself is that has been recognised.
“I have a motto that if I’m fit and healthy, why shouldn’t I? I have no excuse. I always try to push myself to do something new where I’m out of my comfort zone.
“And Mary has been a big help. She has been a mentor for me in my training and has always been there to give me advice.
“I would also like to my friends who had huge belief in me that I would win.”
Mary, 52, sent a short film of herself to judges explaining why Wendy deserved the award.
She said: “As soon as she won, she gave me a call and she was so excited.
“Wendy thoroughly deserves the award and I’m delighted for her.”