Whilst it may be a simple message, the meaning behind it is a powerful one.
During the Covid-19 crisis, our whole way of life has been turned upside down – but during this time, key workers have kept our country ticking.
The doctors and nurses of the National Health Service have been unbelievable in keeping our country going, but the heroes don’t stop there.
From the bus drivers who powered on and got people to and from work, to the shop workers who ensured families remained stocked up on essentials – this is for you.
Throughout the coming season, the club will look to shine a light on some of these unique stories of perseverance and bravery.
Below are two examples of such stories that for us, exemplify our message; ‘thank you front-line heroes.’
We were touched by the story of lifelong Orient fan Dan, who was put forward to the club by his colleague Alison.
“Dan started support working 11 years ago. It’s a 24-hr registered, supported living service for adults with learning disabilities and Autism.”
“It’s a hard job, shift work, weekends, nights and such an important job in the current climate. He has never complained, and never goes sick.
“He works hard and is an utter pleasure to work with. He even offered to work every Friday night so he could go to the football on Saturdays!”
“During the last year he has painfully cared for his mum, he moved in with her, gave full care and support until she finally lost her battle.”
“He has been a tower of strength for the clients we support over the last 11 years, and especially in this last few months with coronavirus constraints. He was nominated for the Unsung Hero in the care awards, and is a true frontline hero.”
Spike Bell is usually found on building sites across London, and the surrounding areas.
During this pandemic when work dried up, he was first in the queue to support his local supermarket.
For the past month and a half, he has been doing 4am-1pm, stocking shelves, taking deliveries, carrying out maintenance work and finally, along with the rest of the workforce ensuring his community have access to essentials.
Spike, being a keen football fan, was blown away to hear that Harry wanted to thank him and all frontline heroes.
The Leyton Orient shirts for the 2020/21 season are available to pre-order now.
To purchase your shirt with our ‘thank you frontline heroes’ message, head over to the club shop by clicking the image below.