A FRIENDLY pizza delivery driver who went above and beyond to help a family in need has earned his crust after scooping a national award.
Hungarian Lajos Nagy, who works for Domino’s Pizza in Hartlepool, got more than a slice of the action when he was crowned driver of the year at the company’s annual awards bash after beating off competition from hundreds of stores nationwide.
The dad-of-two was honoured for his dedication to the dough and for going above and beyond his driving duties by helping a town family – who emergency foster young children – renovate their home in his spare time.
The house was without electricity, water and heating but Lajos kneeded no encouragement in helping the family out.
He came across the family after delivering pizza’s to them while their kitchen was being renovated and after making a couple of deliveries the kind-hearted Hungarian offered to help out with the rest of the work.
Lajos helped on his only day off and one evening a week after a day shift. His bosses say the family were very grateful for all his help and the work on the house was completed just before Christmas.
His bosses describe him as a “true gentleman” who is a worthy winner of the national award.
Lajos, who enjoys going to the gym and doing DIY when he isn’t working, said: “I am delighted to win this award.
“Delivering pizza in all weathers and driving conditions can be a challenge but the smile you get from a customer when you knock on their door makes it all worthwhile. “I thoroughly enjoy my job and to be crowned delivery driver of the year is a fantastic achievement.”
Mike Racz, franchisee for the York Road store, said: “Lajos is a true gentleman and is polite and selfless in every manner and deserves some recognition for all his hard work.
“Lajos is a very valued member of our team and has delivered so much more to our stores and our community.”
Lajos - who moved to England in January 2008 to earn extra money to provide for his two little boys back home in Hungary - has improved his English skills dramatically since starting working in Hartlepool.
When he first moved he had no English skills at all but began work at Domino’s leafleting and his bosses say he would walk for eight hours a day.
A Domino’s spokesman said: “Very quickly the team at the store began to notice that although he didn’t speak the language he was very friendly and created a great atmosphere around him.
“Because of his attitude and enthusiasm Lajos moved onto promotional work and thoroughly enjoyed it.
“He now works every hour possible in the Hartlepool store as a driver.”
The plush awards ceremony, which honours staff from 810 stores across the UK, Ireland and Germany, was held at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.