HE may not be the fastest milkman in the west - well Bentley Heath - but Clifford Foxworthy has certainly got the biggest heart.
The popular milkie has delivered to some 600 homes over the past 31 years starting when he was just an 11-year-old helper before taking on his own round when he was 20.
But it’s the Sheldon man’s extra duties that have won him the praise and thanks of his customers .
His girlfriend Susan, who shares a home in Goldthorne Avenue with the generous 52- year-old said: “He is a pillar of society really. He gives his mobile phone number to his customers so they can contact him if they need anything. He has helped so many people. He even rescued an elderly lady who had got herself locked in her house and waited with her until her relatives arrived. Cliff climbed in through the window to help her.
“His customers will phone him up and say ‘I’ve got no potatoes’ so Cliff will go all the way back just to deliver them. He has never had a day’s sickness, come rain or snow he’s there. If he ever left I don’t think his customers would have another milkman.”
The warm-hearted milkman can be relied upon to help his many, mostly elderly, customers - posting letters, putting out recycling bins and checking on anyone who may have left their milk on the doorstep for longer than usual.
“He won’t take any recognition for what he does. He is also a qualified football referee so he does that on Saturdays, mostly with children but adults as well, and then often runs the bar at Bentley Heath Community Centre on Saturday nights.
“I am so proud of him and I would just like everyone to know what a wonderful and special person he is,” added Susan .
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