Sheffield charity star celebrated as comic book hero

Sheffield MAN Rod Ismay, Head of the Post Office Finance Service Centre in Chesterfield, has  been immortalised as a comic book star in recognition of his fundraising efforts for BBC Children in Need.
Sheffield MAN Rod Ismay, Head of the Post Office Finance Service Centre in Chesterfield, has been immortalised as a comic book star in recognition of his fundraising efforts for BBC Children in Need.
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Sheffield fundraiser Rod Ismay has been immortialised as a comic book hero in recognition of his efforts for BBC Children in Need.

Rod, who works for the Post Office in Chesterfield, may not exactly match up to the likes of Superman, Spider-man or the X-Men.

Instead he has been partnered with Pudsey on a one-off cover after masterminding an 85 mile bike ride last year which raised over £8,000.

The route from Pudsey to Hull took a special route shaped like the famous ears of the loveable bear mascot.

Rod has now been chosen as one of the Post Office’s Fantastic Fundraising Five, chosen from employees from all over the country.

He’s part of the company’s new Be a Hero campaign, which is in full swing with badges on sale at over 10,000 branches across the UK.

Rod and his team from the Post Office Financial Service Centre were presented with a commemorative framed issue of their comic book cover, and he told of his excitement at being able to do something special for BBC Children in Need in his Post Office colours.

“BBC Children In Need is a charity that we have loved supporting,” Rod said.

“It’s something that was always there on TV when I was a child and it was brilliant that we could actively raise funds for it in our workplace.

“As a cyclist, a passionate fan of community post offices and a proud Yorkshireman, BBC Children in Need suddenly brought several opportunities together for me.

“I was keen to find a way to celebrate with branches and keen to promote cycling for personal health and wellbeing – and suddenly saw the chance to combine these for the great cause of BBC Children In Need. It was an amazing day.”

Rod and his team also received a special commendation for their efforts.

Post Office chief executive Paula Vennells said: “We wanted to recognise the amazing work that heroes across the Post Office network do for Children in Need every year, and this seemed like the perfect way.”