December 8 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 17, 2013
A Norwich papergirl, who delivered a helping hand to a stricken elderly lady while out on her rounds, has been crowned the 2013 News Deliverer of the Year.
Maria Butterfant, 13, of Junction Road, Hellesdon was going about her morning deliveries on Aylsham Road, Norwich, when she rushed to the aid of the woman in her 80s who was lying prone behind her front door.
After hearing the calls for help, the Hewett School pupil alerted her parents before calling an ambulance while waiting with the woman at the Edmund Bacon Court sheltered housing development until paramedics arrived to take her to hospital.
Maria, who wants to be a paediatrician when she gets older, was on the fifth day of her paper round for HJ News on Drayton Road when the incident happened.
She was honoured at an annual awards ceremony organised by the National Federation of Retail Newsagents in London.
Despite the woman urging Maria to carry on with her paper round, the teenager waited with and comforted her until paramedics arrived to take her to hospital.
The situation was complicated by the fact the elderly lady had difficulties hearing so Maria decided to sit with her on the floor so she was at the same level as the stricken women.
After treatment at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, the woman was released.
Afterwards the local ambulance service praised Maria for her clear thinking and swift action, which came just five days after she started working as a news deliverer.
Maria said: “I was happy to do what I could to help,” adding she was pleased to hear she had been released from hospital.
“I’m glad to hear she’s made a recovery,”
Now into their tenth year, the NFRN Awards recognise excellence in news and convenience retailing, rewarding those who have made an outstanding contribution to the sector.