An Alton Towers performer has revealed the harrowing experience she went through after signing up to be a hospital porter while on furlough during the coronavirus pandemic.
Daisy, 26, has dedicated her life to being an Alton Towers Show Captain, entertaining visitors at the theme park but revealed she took on a job at a hospital during the Channel 4 documentary, Alton Towers: A Rollercoaster Year.
However, due to the pandemic meaning the park had to be shut down in March, she was put on furlough until it was able to reopen again.
Daisy explained on the show: ‘I came straight from drama school loved it and now Alton Towers is my life.
‘When I was furloughed I took a temporary job as a porter in The Royal Stoke Hospital, as I live alone and I couldn’t face being on my own in my flat for weeks on end.’
She revealed that the temporary job ended up being more full-on than she expected: ‘I put my uniform on at 9am on my first day as a porter and by 9.10am I was in the mortuary. It was a massive shock.
‘I met a lot of scared people in hospital as visitors weren’t allowed and I had a lot of responsibility. Most days I would go home and cry, it felt like such a lot of pressure.’
The park was able to reopen on July 4 after being closed for 13 weeks, albeit with many modifications and social distancing measures in place, including temperature checks for everyone on arrival.
Daisy admitted: ‘When it was time to come back to Alton Towers I was so happy. This is my normality and it’s nice to give people an escape from the misery and fear of what is going on now, to put a smile on their faces and just for a couple of hours allow them to forget their troubles.’
Viewers were left emotional watching the show just days before another lockdown is set to begin in the UK, due to the second wave of coronavirus.
They tweeted: ‘the irony of watching this programme about Alton Towers trying to recover from lockdown.. as we prep for our next lockdown.’
Another added: ‘This will be interesting to see how businesses dealt with re-opening after #lockdownUK it’s really nice seeing the staff getting back to work from #furlough and seeing each other again! It’s sad to think we’re now back at square one.’
Others were loving seeing the park get back to business, tweeting: ‘not me crying at the alton towers documentary bc it’s making me so happy LMAO’ and ‘okay but absolutely obsessing over this @altontowers documentary.’
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