Hi, This is John Thomson and I will be reading a story for Gratitude, a wonderful public art installation, which commemorates and celebrates the stories of this extraordinary moment in time and pays tribute to all of our key workers from across the country.
The pandemic highlighted every day acts of heroism in surprising places, and this poem recognises one group of people that we all came to rely on in lockdown: the supermarket delivery drivers along with all the people working behind the scenes, who kept the essentials coming so that the rest of us could stay safe and indoors.
‘These are the things’
A wise woman once said, “There are more important things in life than delivering asparagus and bread”. Until suddenly there wasn’t.
2020, what an experience – everything turned upside down,
No pasta or flour, not a square of loo paper all over town!
Sitting rooms, bedrooms and hallways became workspace,
At times, the kitchen was the only safe place.
So much banana bread –“Fancy a slice?”
(Well, share a desk with a partner and it pays to be nice!)
When you’re stuck at home, having a full fridge makes it easier.
Our dinners became bigger, sweeter and cheesier.
So drivers like Cheryl, Mario, newbie Sean, heroic Wayne, Delivering in lockdown – sun, sleet, snow and rain
And on Easter Sunday for the first time ever
Done with a smile, in it together!
The Contact Centre, the voice of us all,
Standing tall and answering the call,
Drivers Marcus and Chris helped a local homeless shelter,
The whole team played an absolute belter!
At 8pm on Thursdays, passing people at their door
Clapping, banging and cheering for those giving so much more –
These are things that got us through those long days morning ‘til bed, Grateful to play a part with all who helped, to keep the people we love, safe and fed.
Ocado is proud to support Gratitude and honour all delivery drivers and distribution workers. 2020 was a big year for its ‘You Give, We Give’ charity voucher scheme, with your generosity enabling over £8 million to be donated to charities tackling food poverty across the UK. Since January 2021, ‘You Give, We Give’ has raised over £3m, which continues to help and support its charity partners.
Thank you for listening to this story. For more stories and information on Gratitude, please visit: www.thisisgratitude.co.uk