A fundraiser for a much-loved DPD driver who suffered a sudden stroke has exceeded £4,000 – leaving him in tears of gratitude when told.
Andrejus Lagunavicius is so popular in the Gunnislake area where he delivers that the community took it upon itself to try to support him and his family when he was signed off work.
Sarah Reeves set up the fundraiser after learning that Andrejus, who is self-employed, would be facing uncertain times over Christmas.
Sarah said: “Andrejus is our local DPD driver and is a lovely guy. He’s so friendly and always has a smile on his face. Everybody loves him.
“When I found out he’d had a stroke I wanted to do a fundraiser to help. I was aiming for £500 but it smashed that in hours and kept going up.”
Sarah and Andrejus caught up over a video call recently when Sarah informed an emotional Andrejus of the amount raised and just how adored he is within the community. You can watch the video at the top of this article.
Sarah added: “I spoke to him on Saturday and he’s doing alright. His speech is coming back but his chest is still quite painful and taking time to heal after heart valve operation.
“He is very overwhelmed and said that when he came here he’d never done this job before but now it’s not even a job as we’re friends and family to him. He’s touched so many people’s lives.
“The response has been incredible, just crazy. It’s been quite emotional. My husband had a heart attack so I know exactly what they feel.”
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During the video, Andrejus says: “I’m getting better every day, I’ll be back with you guys soon. My job is part of my life.
“I’ve never done this (job) in my life previously but when we moved to Cornwall the area where you guys live became part of my life.
“It’s not just a job it’s my daily thing to see people.”
When told about the fundraiser, a tearful Andrejus said: “It’s not my job anymore, it’s part of my life.”
To support the fundraiser for Andrejus and his family click here