Last post as Royal Mail cuts the service

Swan Gardens Extra Care sheltered housing tenants have been told that the Post Office will no longer collect the post from the building.  Pauline Read posts the last letter into the box
Swan Gardens Extra Care sheltered housing tenants have been told that the Post Office will no longer collect the post from the building. Pauline Read posts the last letter into the box

A group of elderly and disabled pensioners in Corby are appealing for a Royal Mail 
re-think after daily collections were suddenly stopped.

For more than a decade, a postman has been collecting mail each day from Swan Gardens Extra Care sheltered accommodation complex in School Place.

The 38 residents there – who are aged up to 102 – have their own well-used wooden postbox in their day room.

The nearest official postbox is nearly three-quarters of a mile away in Turner Road and most residents would struggle to walk that distance.

Mail for the elderly people living there is dropped at the complex each day and the same postman takes away mail for posting. But last week the regular postman said he had been told to stop the service.

Manager Mel Munton said: “Most of our residents have a range of different disabilities and the postman has been collecting their mail for them for at least 13 years. He suddenly told us on Thursday that he couldn’t do it any more.”

Partially sighted Sarah McStay, 83, uses the postbox to put her talking books in each day. She said: “There’s no way I could take them up to the postbox. I can’t get that far. It’s not even the walking there that’s so much of a problem, it’s the fact it’s uphill on the way back.”

George Holt, 83, said: “That postbox is a lifeline for people here.

“Lots of us have family in Lancashire, Yorkshire and Scotland and it’s the only way we keep in touch with them.”

Jane Carr, who is in a wheelchair, said: “I can’t get my wheelchair up to Turner Road and there is no way that most of the people here could walk there.”

Syd Slade, 86, said: “They are here anyway to deliver the mail so I don’t know why they can’t take our post too.”

Gina Barry, 99, said: “It’s disgusting.”

The Telegraph contacted Royal Mail last week but no-one has responded to the request for an interview yet.