A GREENGROCER from Penistone – who delivered fresh produce to more than 200 homes a week during lockdown – has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award.

Mark Beevers owns Penistone Fruit and Veg, on Market Street, which opened in March last year.

The 42-year-old shop owner was due to celebrate the one year anniversary of the shop but then the coronavirus lockdown hit and the plans were cancelled.

Determined to show his appreciation to his customers, Mark donated fresh produce to his local care home Buckingham House.

“I started these donations at the start of lockdown because I couldn’t sit back and let people go hungry.

“It was a challenging time for Penistone and I knew I had to do my bit for those who needed it.

“At the start of lockdown I wasn’t delivering that many parcels, but in a matter of days I was delivering to around 200 homes a week.

“It was hard work to maintain this but I knew I wanted to carry on and help people across Penistone.”

Mark has been overwhelmed with the support people have shown him whilst doing his deliveries during lockdown.

“People have been really supportive of me. I walk down the street now and people wave at back at me – it’s been touching.

“Even though it’s the only thing I can do, in Penistone small things go a long way. Now more people have visited my store which has been fantastic.”

Mark’s efforts have resulted in a nomination as a Community Hero at this year’s Proud of Barnsley awards.

“It’s brilliant to be nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award. I didn’t expect it but I’m really honoured that people have thought of me.

“It was hard work at times, but I’m proud to have helped residents and my customers during a really rough time.

“I can’t thank people enough for nominating me.”