For many folks in isolation, the postman will be the only person they see outside their household and one figured he’d better make his deliveries the best part of their day.
With a de facto lockdown in place across the UK amid the coronavirus pandemic, more people than ever before are staying at home.
Jon Matson joins the roster of key workers still venturing out each day to assist the public. In a bid to put a smile on people’s faces in these trying times, this particular postie has ditched the classic Royal Mail uniform for fancy dress.
Jon, 39, makes his deliveries in the Boldon area in Tyne and Wear. However, his local streets have been brightened by his array of costumes, whether he’s a cheerleader, Little Bo Peep or gladiator.
He told the Sunderland Echo:
Everyone is uncertain at the moment and you are the only person outside of the family that they see, so why not give them something to smile about. It’s really nice to see people come out to see me… seeing everybody helps me keep my spirits up too.
It’s been a hit with people on his postal route. One such resident, Zoe Grant, said: ‘I’m proud that Jon is my postman and I can’t wait to see his next costume.’
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So while this virus grips the world I still have to go to work and deliver post, today I done it in style and made a few people smile. That was the ultimate goal. #postie #postman #cantstayhome #fancydress #bringingsmiles #staysafe #stayhome #royalmail @royalmailofficial @lifeatroyalmail
She added: ‘Jon is sending such a positive message to the residents that this virus is not all doom and gloom and even our key workers who are still out there doing their jobs to keep the nation running and saving lives can do it in good spirit and with a sense of pride and humour.’
Understandably, it can be difficult to keep a positive mental attitude at the moment. With people like Jon lifting our spirits, we’ll get through the other end of this.
It’s okay to not panic. LADbible and UNILAD’s aim with our Coronavirus campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we’re facing. For more information from the World Health Organization on Coronavirus, click here.
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