Chipping in for postie

COMMUNITY spirit is alive and well in the little town of Grantham, where the whole town, led by a committed group of local businesses people, have come together in support of their local postman, Phillip Stewart.

On Friday, May 28, their popular postie was on his motorbike, delivering mail, when he collided with a station wagon towing a box trailer.

Phillip was airlifted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital's, Intensive Care Unit, where he remained in an induced coma for a number of days.

He is now conscious, and out of intensive care, and has been transferred to the Wesley Hospital.

He has several operations ahead of him.

If it hadn't been for the prompt attention from the local ambulance, and the Care Flight helicopter crew, the outcome could have been quite different.

His wife Ann said, “Phillip and I are overwhelmed by all the love and support shown by everyone.”

When the residents of the tiny town heard the news of Phillip's accident, they were shocked and devastated.

Their hearts went out to him and they responded in the only way they knew how.

With the help of local business owners, they decided to set up collection points at the General Store, the Hotel, the Service Station, and the Florist.

Rachel Dunne, who took over Phillip's run for him, said, “People kept stopping me, and with tears in their eyes, asked about Phillip.

“The teachers at the Grantham Primary School wanted to know where to send get well wishes.

“They said he always had a kind cheery word for everyone he met.”

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