A DEPUTY manager at Camborne's Aldi has been singled out for praise by his bosses for his kindness to an elderly customer by providing her with hot meals throughout the pandemic.

To mark the anniversary of the UK’s first national lockdown, Aldi is recognising amazing colleagues across the country who have gone above and beyond to support their local community.

Richard Allen, from Camborne, a deputy store manager at Aldi’s Church Street store, has been nominated for his acts of kindness throughout the pandemic.

Alongside working at Aldi, Richard has been arranging for hot meals to be delivered to an elderly customer he saw regularly buying herself tinned food.

He first noticed the customer during the first lockdown in March last year, and when asking her if she needed help reaching for some fresh food, the customer told him she did not have an oven or microwave to cook proper meals and had no family living locally who could help her.

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Richard immediately arranged for hot meals to be sent to her by a local business. He also fixed her doorbell, so that she was able to hear when her meals were being delivered.

All Aldi colleagues are frontline heroes who have worked throughout the pandemic to keep the nation fed, and their efforts have ensured that customers continue to have access to fresh affordable food.

Dan Oakenfull, regional managing director at Aldi UK, said: “The past year has been incredibly difficult for everyone and we want to thank every single one of our Aldi colleagues for their hard work and commitment throughout.

“Our amazing colleagues across the country are devoted to feeding the nation and have worked tirelessly over the last year, going above and beyond to support their local communities.”