The Leeds newsagent providing 'lifeline' home delivery service

A Leeds newsagent who has continued to provide 'lifeline' newspaper home deliveries during the pandemic is seeking to raise awareness that the service continues to be available to new customers.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 6:00 am
Shazia Tariq and her husband Mohammed have run Slaid Hill News on Slaid Hill Court in Shadwell, for more than 16 years.

Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe
Shazia Tariq and her husband Mohammed have run Slaid Hill News on Slaid Hill Court in Shadwell, for more than 16 years. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

Shazia Tariq and her husband Mohammed have run Slaid Hill News on Slaid Hill Court, Shadwell, for more than 16 years.

The business, which specialises in home deliveries, currently delivers 300 newspapers a day to homes in the LS 17 area - including Shadwell, Alwoodley, Scarcroft and Bardsey.

That daily figure of 300 newspapers delivered includes 70 copies of the Yorkshire Evening Post

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Shazia Tariq and her husband Mohammed have run Slaid Hill News on Slaid Hill Court, Shadwell, for more than 16 years. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

But Mrs Tariq said more customers for home deliveries are always welcome.

Mum of four Mrs Tariq said: "Home deliveries have been really important during the pandemic.

"Customers appreciate the home delivery service. We deliver in all weathers when the customers are not able to come out.

"They can get their Yorkshire Evening Post delivered at 6.30am in the morning.

"Some people won't be aware that the service is on offer. It does help if the word gets around and people find out.

"We are providing an important service. We connect with the community."

Home delivery of newspapers courtesy of newsagents across Leeds continues to be an important service during the pandemic.

The YEP has always had readers that have been unable to leave their homes for whatever reason, but with many more people being forced to stay home that number has increased dramatically over the last 12 months.

Simon Hackett, YEP content sales support manager, said: "This has led to the home delivery service becoming a lifeline for many customers.

"I would like to recognise the amount of time and effort that newsagents have put in to ensuring that the Yorkshire Evening Post has been delivered, day in day out, in the most trying of circumstances.

"It is only with their help that we have been able to keep some of our most vulnerable readers informed over the last year."