Thursday, March 13, 2008

National honor for a village postman

Postie Will Blight, 38, has been given a Royal Mail award after cycling 5,000 miles to raise money for The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and helped unveil the new British "Rescue at Sea" stamps.

During a six-month bike ride, Blight visited all 198 lifeboat stations on the UK coast including those in Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, according to an article that appears in his hometown newspaper - The Dorset Echo.

After raising £11,000 he was honored at the Royal Mail First Class People awards with a fundraiser award.

Shown above, Blight receives his Fundraiser Award from British television personality, Lorraine Kelly.

This year is also the centenary of the adoption of the SOS distress signal, so the Royal Mail re-created the sequence of dots and dashes along the edges of the new stamps, shown above.

To read the entire article, click here.
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