‘I felt like I’d won the lottery’ – NHS worker ‘humbled’ by amazing Tesco welcome during dedicated shopping hour


An NHS worker has issued heartfelt thanks to Tesco staff after they provided an amazing welcome to her and her colleagues during a dedicated shopping hour.

Angela Davies, who works as a phlebotomist at GP surgeries and at Leighton Hospital in Crewe, queued up at the supermarket’s Kidsgrove branch this morning to do her shopping.

The store dedicated the hour between 9am and 10am to those who work for the NHS to access the essentials which have often been sold out once they finish their shifts.

And after showing her ID to enter the Liverpool Road supermarket, Angela, along with every other NHS worker, was handed a £10 bouquet of flowers in a show of gratitude for their efforts on the front line amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Angela, of Church Lawton, said: “I was in pieces. Once we were in, every one of us was given a bouquet as a ‘Thank You’ from Tesco.

NHS workers were handed ‘Thank You’ bouquets at Tesco

“The shelves were well stocked and I was able to buy fresh milk and fresh chicken for the first time in over a week. I feel like I’ve won the lottery.

“Thank you so much to the staff who must have worked through the night to make this possible for us.

“It has been really hard. We’re at work all day and then it’s all gone at the end of our shift. For Tesco to do this, it’s very, very special and I feel quite humbled.

“It makes you realise how much you take things like this for granted. But nothing is normal about this situation and it is evolving daily.

NHS staff queuing at Tesco in Meir ahead of a dedicated shopping hour

“My son lives in Australia, and while there is an overhanging cloud of fear, there hasn’t been this panic buying. We’ve never had to deal with anything like this.”

The 63-year-old explained she was staying positive to help reassure her patients and passed on a message of support to the public.

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“It’s a very scary situation. My message to people would be to stay strong and stay at home if you can. You just don’t know if you may be carrying it.

“It won’t be forever, this is only going to be for a limited it. We don’t know how long it will last, but it will end.”





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