Wednesday, 6 April 2011


A Chester woman, who has walked over 40,000 miles to work during her career, has been given an exclusive award.

Angela Pupkiss (64), who works at Chester’s Volkswagen retailer, Dane, was presented with the Inchcape Platinum Award at a recent ceremony. Only ten people receive this award every year.

The purchase ledger clerk started work at the Sealand Road retailer in 1976 and has walked the five mile round trip from her home in Newton to work nearly every day since.

In all Angela has walked a marathon a week for 34 years getting to and from work.

She said: “I can’t believe I’ve clocked up so many miles just walking to and from work, but it’s certainly kept me fit.

“I originally walked because I couldn’t afford a car, but it became a habit and I just didn’t stop.

“To be given this Platinum Award is simply brilliant and totally unexpected. “I thoroughly enjoy my job and the colleagues I work with, so don’t think of coming to work as a chore, more a pleasurable experience.”

Chester’s Dane Volkswagen brand manager, Chris McCabe, said: “Angela is an outstanding member of staff and one we all enjoy working with.

“Most people never run a marathon but Angela has walked one every week for 34 years, quite an achievement.

“The Platinum Award is richly deserved and everyone at Dane Volkswagen is delighted for her.”

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