‘Key workers’ is a phrase which few of us were familiar with six months ago. But the current pandemic has brought into sharp focus some of the duties and important functions which make ordinary people extraordinary.
Earlier this week we shared some stories from our supporters who have been working in the NHS and healthcare and in keeping supermarkets functioning through this challenge.
And today we end the week with a few more lockdown anecdotes… this time we feature our fans fulfilling a variety of roles across our society.
I've been a Reading FC supporter for over 20 years. I'm still working and have been throughout the lockdown. I work in Engineering for British Airways where despite passengers not flying we still have Aircraft flying Cargo.
We've repatriated British citizens that were stuck overseas during the pandemic and the airline has flown vital medical supplies including PPE into the country to beat this virus. My part to play in this is making sure the fleet is airworthy and ready to fly as well as providing the logistics to supply the aircrafts with any parts needed to ensure they are ready to fly at short notice. I've also been involved in sending parts and tools to other cities in the world to ensure we maintain a sustainable network ready for flying again.
As for memories following Reading, I'd have to say the standout for me was the atmosphere when Dave Kitson ran the show with a sublime hat-trick against our old boss Alan Pardew's West Ham United on his first visit to the Mad Stad!
I work for Thames Water in London Water Control based in Green Park, just behind the Mad Stad. I still have to go into the office for work and supply water to the whole of London along with my colleagues. We are doing our best to all stay safe with everything going on but is tough as the main focus is rightfully on our health workers and carers in these times.
I only started working in Reading a year and a half ago after moving roles from London and when I moved up here got a Season Ticket to give me something to do in my free time – and it has ended up being the most emotional season of football in my life (and that's with my family being Arsenal fans). I never thought I could get so invested in football until coming to watch Reading and I've not looked back.
I just hope we can all get through this together and hopefully me doing my small bit to let the residents and hospitals of London wash their hands, take their showers and cook their dinner each day will help us get back to normal and let me get back to wondering how Rafael makes so many unreal saves!
Hope all at Reading FC are keeping safe.
I am a postman in Basingstoke, and a Reading fan always! I’ve worked the last six weeks non-stop from Monday to Sunday, delivering everything from essentials to watering cans. I’ve emptied post-boxes containing test kits and with minimal fuss... Royal Mail has carried on with a few tweaks and we’ve ensured the country carries on running.
I’m also a divorced parent who whilst working has seen colleagues and friends get Covid-19 so as a choice I’ve not seen my children to keep them safe.
I’ve followed Reading since I was a kid – I was at the Simod Cup final, I’ve been to playoff finals, FA Cup semis, but the atmosphere this season at away games has been some of the best I’ve experienced – especially Plymouth, Wycombe and Wolves in the cup!
I work in resourcing for the emergency services. During lockdown we’ve managed to keep spirits up at work by singing songs together and sharing football banter.
Before lockdown I would regularly travel home to see my parents and my brother who are all loyal Royals, so it’s heart breaking not being able to see them and give them a massive cuddle. The last time I saw my dad was actually when we met up to watch the Reading vs Barnsley game at the end of February so I’m looking forward to the day when we can reunite to watch the Royals bag another 3 points.
While I miss my family so so much I know it’s worth the pain at the moment to keep everybody safe and protect the NHS.
Big love to you all, stay safe and one day soon I’ll be shouting URZZZ again (hopefully not on FaceTime).