Good Neighbour - Chris Davis

A popular Liskeard Milkman from has been recognised at Pirate FM’s Local Heroes awards in association with Truro and Penwith College, held at the Tregenna Castle Resort in St Ives on Friday Night.

Chris Davis was presented with the Neighbour of the Year Award, sponsored by Cornwall Hospice Care.

Chris is well known around Liskeard, where he’s been a milkman for twenty five years – and such is his devotion, hasn’t had a holiday in ten years.

He was nominated by Mandy Hancock, who feels that Chris really goes above and beyond the call of duty;

“Chris delivers milk to my 84 year old Dad at Pensilva, and has done for many years” said Mandy. “He’s always there with a kind face or a friendly chat and even tells the doctor if he thinks someone’s ill.

“I don’t know if he even realises how much gratitude we owe him. But, I know that he is very kind to his customers and has informed the local surgery if he is concerned about anyone.

“If there’s a bin blowing around in the wind, he’ll bring it in. He’ll give a wave to someone in a window looking out, just in case their lonely. He doesn’t just drop the milk on my dad’s doorstep. He’ll come in, put the milk and papers on the table and stop to have a chat for five minutes. He’s a reluctant hero.”

Mandy continued: “He supported Dad emotionally when my brother had a massive stroke 13 years ago and was left epileptic and unable to work. He also had a big operation for colon cancer in 2012 which Dad found hard to cope with, but Chris called every day and kept him going. All of this would be enough to win any award in most people’s eyes.”

Then in January, when Mandy’s brother was found unconscious on the bed, Chris helped carry out CPR and left long after the paramedics. Mandy sadly lost her brother – but says she’ll never be able to repay Chris for everything he’s done for the family.

“I will never in my life be able to repay him for what he has done for me and my family.” Mandy continued.

Talking of the event, modest Chris said: “I was able to help Mandy, and I was pleased I was. It was part and parcel of it, you just get on and get stuck in.

“There’s loads of nice people out there. I have 360 customers and all of them are really nice. I just love working, I love meeting people. I’m not one for the limelight, but I really appreciate the award.

Chris Davis’s Nomination from Mandy Hancock

Chris Davis from Liskeard delivers milk to my 84 year old Dad at Pensilva and has done for many, many years. He has been there as a kind face during the years my Dad coped with my Mum’s Alzheimer’s Disease until we lost her 10 years ago. He has supported Dad emotionally when my brother had a massive stroke 13 years ago and was left epileptic and unable to work. He also had a big operation for colon cancer in 2012 which Dad found hard to cope with, but Chris called every day and kept him going. All of this would be enough to win any award in most people’s eyes.

But, on 23rd January this year my Dad rang me to say that I needed to get there quickly. When I got there Chris was there with him and my brother was in his room on his bed not responding to us. I immediately rang 999 and called Chris into the bedroom. Between us we carried out chest compressions as per the Ambulance Controller’s instructions for what seemed like forever until the initial first responder arrived, shortly followed by another. At this point we had to leave the room so they had enough space. A further ambulance and even the Air Ambulance came to our help. All this time Chris didn’t leave us to continue his round, he stayed and ensured that myself and my Dad had everything we could need. Eventually, I had to say to him that he must continue with his day’s work and he left us with the medical staff. I’m not sure if the Police had turned up before he left or not, it’s a bit of a muddle. Unfortunately, all the efforts were in vain as my 52 year old brother had passed away and none of us had managed to re-start his heart.

I know that this whole episode was not easy for Chris to deal with as it was not a pretty sight what we had to encounter. But he didn’t leave me in my worst hour possible and has continued to try to keep Dad going with his little chats when he delivers the milk. Unfortunately, it all went a bit manic and I didn’t get chance to ring him with the eventual outcome on the evening, so he arrived the next day not knowing what he was going to find. He even left him an extra pint one day so that he had enough milk should he have visitors.

My Dad, bless him, is very lonely and speaks his mind about most things which people don’t usually appreciate, but Chris takes it all in his stride and listens to his moaning. I will never in my life be able to repay him for what he has done for me and my family and I don’t know if he even realises how much gratitude we owe him. But, I know that he is very kind to his customers and has informed the local surgery if he is concerned about anyone.

Cornwall Hospice Care are the proud sponsor of the Good Neighbour Award category.