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Dublin Postman, Vincent Frawley who delivers in the Stillorgan area.

Dublin Postman, Vincent Frawley who delivers in the Stillorgan area.

Dublin Postman, Vincent Frawley who delivers in the Stillorgan area.

An Post will deliver all letters and postcards sent to nursing home residents free of charge this winter.

The national postal service made the decision to encourage people to stay in touch with their elderly friends and relatives.

The initiative is part of An Post's Community Focus plan, which will continue until 2021.

The plan sees delivery staff picking up post from the homes of older or vulnerable who are unable to get out to buy stamps.

Long-standing Dublin Postman, Vincent Frawley, said delivery staff are delighted to play their part in cheering up the more vulnerable members of society.

“An Post delivery staff and Postmasters across the country are pleased to play their part in helping to keep everyone safe and connected through the winter,” he said.

“And we ask that people of all ages join in by doing their bit for communities across Ireland. We’ll get through the winter months together by looking after each other and sending the love.”

All you need to do is write "Freepost" where the stamp normally goes.

Staff will also look after older or vulnerable customers who are unable to get out to buy stamps for cards or letters.

Family members can organise for their postman or postwoman pick up their mail from their home and An Post will cover the postage for them.

Anyone looking to avail of this initiative can register through www.anpost.com/Community.

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