‘The volume of work is as heavy as Christmas, but without the months of preparation and planning.’

Driving force: Jenny Tipping, night trunking through the pandemic, takes us along for the ride

‘For many key workers, it is not a privilege to still be in work.’ | Photo: Robson Hatsukami Morgan / Unsplash.

It’s a cloudless day in May and I am driving a truck full of post up the A34. A handmade rainbow sign on a footbridge reads: ‘Thank you keyworkers! Drive safe.’

When the pandemic hit, the government cancelled all driving tests, so my job as a freelance HGV instructor came to an abrupt stop. I decided to return to my former job driving for the Royal Mail – I became a keyworker.

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