Hero Norwich paperboy in running for national award
07:46 11 October 2012
A teenage Norwich paperboy who saved a 96-year-old grandmother’s life is in line for a national award.
Nick Hall rescued Iris Cannell during his morning rounds after she slipped on an icy step outside her home last November, as reported in the Norwich Evening News.
Now the 15-year-old Sprowston High School pupil has been shortlisted for an award from the National Federation of Retail Newsagents.
He is one of three nominees in the running for the title of News Deliverer of the Year, and has been invited to an awards ceremony in London on October 23.
He said: “It’s a huge surprise to me. I thought I’d had my moment in the spotlight already, so it’s really nice to get the news.
“I’m still doing my round and deliver to homes near Iris, but fortunately there’s not been anything as dramatic since!”
Nick, of Lodge Lane, Old Catton, was delivering papers when he heard a cry for help and found Mrs Cannell lying on her doorstep. She had fallen while collecting her milk, dislocating her shoulder and injuring her back and leg.
He leapt into action, using his paperbag to prop her into a seating position, covering her with his coat and wrapping his scarf around her feet to keep her warm until the ambulance arrived.
Mrs Cannell, now 97, said at the time she was sure Nick’s quick-thinking had saved her “from lying in the cold and dying of hypothermia”.
Last night the grandmother-of-two from Old Catton said she was pleased that Nick was getting well-deserved praise.
“I think it’s a very good idea,” she said. “I was glad the story was in the newspaper because youngsters have such a bad name, and I wanted to show the world that there are good souls out there.
“He was so good to me – wrapping me in his coat and scarf and keeping me talking until the ambulance came.”
Anne Bingham of the NFRN said: “In an age when many young people come in for criticism it is heart warning to hear how Nick’s vigilance, quick thinking and maturity helped save the life of Mrs Cannell.
“The judges were impressed with the way he kept his cool and his display of real community spirit and had no hesitation in shortlisting him for the award. Who knows what the outcome would have been without his action.”
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