RAF Benson has had a very special mail delivery over recent weeks thanks to Postman Alfie-Jon.
Alfie-Jon is the young autistic son of a RAF aviator based at RAF Benson and he is absolutely fascinated with postboxes and postal delivery workers. This Christmas the 7-year-old has delighted residents by personally writing and delivering Christmas cards to almost 600 houses on the base.
While we’ve all spent the past few years avoiding anything contagious, Alfie-Jon’s enthusiasm broke through our defences easily and the community rallied to write cards back to him. News of his mammoth task quickly spread throughout the Royal Air Force and this week the Station Commander made a special delivery of his own that also included cards from the Chief of the Air Staff and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff.
After hearing about his endeavours, Royal Mail also delighted the youngster with a letter and some special Marvel stamps, which arrived on his birthday that was also celebrated this week. When restrictions ease, he’s hoping to make his dream come true and visit the inside of a sorting office!
Alfie-Jon’s mum and dad, Chloe and Jon, were thrilled with the response: “We’re so proud of our little postman. He’s absolutely obsessed with anything to do with the post and postboxes so this was a dream come true for him. A huge thank you to everyone that replied to Alfie-Jon and sent gifts too; he was absolutely thrilled with it all!”
Images courtesy of Alfie-Jon's parents