A HGV Driver for Salford City Council’s Refuse and Recycling service has been nominated for the “Public Servant of the Year” award at this years (2019) Spirit of Salford awards and quite rightly so.
This recent Christmas, Sam organised for himself and his colleagues to pick up toys and gifts from homes around Salford and to distribute them to the poorest children in the city.
The move was a stroke of genius and the response from the public was overwhelming as thousands of toys were collected and distributed via a network of Salford charities.
None of it would have been possible without Sam coming up with the idea, as well as the compassion and determination to drive it through.
Sam wanted to make sure that every child in Salford could enjoy Christmas and to let people know that sometimes you can get help, even without having to ask for it.
And what a difference it made.
Salford is one of the hardest hit Cities in the whole country when it comes to the huge problems with child poverty, the actions of Sam and his Salford Santa's brought a little bit of cheer and a smile to many a child's face this year.
Voting closes on 1st March and winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 14th March.