Who is the winner?
Tim Hyde joined the Royal Mail in 1988 after working with the Merchant Navy and P&O Ferries. Since Royal Mail chose Action for Children as its charity partner in 2017, Hyde has acted as Royal Mail charity champion, going above and beyond the call of duty to raise money and awareness to support young people's mental health.
What did he do?
As well as organising innovative and engaging events at his own site, Hyde has travelled far and wide to inspire and support other sites’ fundraising, while continuing to complete his own work. He helps his colleagues to apply for matched giving, fundraising and volunteering grants from Royal Mail so they can benefit from the full support offered by the organisation. During 2018, Hyde piloted, organised and delivered the first official Royal Mail Sleep-out event at Medway Mail Centre. This raised £1,500 and its success has led to plans to roll it out across more sites in 2019.
Hyde was instrumental in the representation of Action for Children at the Royal Mail LGBTQ+ Pride events across the UK, as well as joining other community parades sharing information about the charity. His fancy dress wardrobe is renowned across Royal Mail, and favourites include Postman Pat and the Teletubby Po.
Why did he win?
To date, Hyde has been instrumental in raising more than £12,000 for Action for Children. He has also been influential in encouraging Royal Mail staff, and their suppliers and contacts, to volunteer with the charity. As an example, Hyde and 19 other colleagues and contractors renovated both the inside and outside of the charity’s Folkestone Children's Centre, transforming the environment for the children it supports.
What did the judges say?
"Tim is obviously an all-round, community oriented person, supporting many campaigns and working in his area in a variety of positive ways," said Michael Hayes, trustee at the Axis Foundation.
Michelle Le Clerc, Investec
Helen Barker, Kew Green Hotels
Kate Carroll, Nisa Retail
Jessica Wilkes Reading, Wesleyan