A convoy of Royal Mail vans made a special trip past St Barnabas Hospice on Nettleham Road in Lincoln, beeping their horns as a thank you to the key worker carers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Royal Mail workers have been under intense pressure during the coronavirus lockdown with nearly half of UK adults receiving more parcel deliveries since measures began.
As bells rang at 8pm on Thursday, May 21 at Lincoln Cathedral, Royal Mail vans took the time to drive past in tribute to the care workers, who clapped them on their way in a lovely video filmed by Amelia Chambers from St Barnabas Hospice.
Donna Fellows, Ward Administrator at the Hospice, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to the Royal Mail for their gesture last night. It was so uplifting for staff and patients to see the convoy drive past with their horns going and everyone waving at each other. It felt really special.
“Two of our patients were able to come out and watch, and their faces were lit up as they clapped the wonderful Royal Mail staff back.
“Neil Flynn was the organiser of this fantastic display and was also in the lead van. Everyone here has had a real boost and we will be talking about it for a long time to come!”
People involved in Royal Mail also paid tribute to the carers on social media.
Liam Flynn said: “You made my dad’s last few weeks that much better. It was a pleasure to be part of the Royal Mail convoy giving thanks to St Barnabas for the amazing job every of them do.”
Liam added that as they went past a nurse said to an elderly lady, ‘look who’s come to see you’. “Her face said it all. It was worth it just for that,” he said.
Parcelforce driver Jason Dillon said: “Considering all the crap they get on social media this is fantastic. I’m more than proud to be a part of the Royal Mail Group as a Parcelforce driver.”
Royal Mail also showed its support at the clap for carers at Lincoln County Hospital on Thursday.
Dave Thomas, who works for LIVES and the ambulance service, said: “It was so great to see. They were all happy and there were lots of staff clapping their support and keeping their social distance.”