King's Lynn Stars co-promoter full of praise for key workers
King’s Lynn Stars speedway co-promoter Dale Allitt has a special reason for praising key workers battling against coronavirus - his wife Jenni is a nurse.
Mr Allitt needs to self-isolate because he is in the at-risk group, ever since he suffered a brain illness which forced him to give up his club duties at the beginning of last season.
He stepped down as Minors & Brady Stars manager during Spring 2019 and only began returning to the track in the second half of that campaign, but now feels “absolutely fine”.
The former Young Stars team boss is “proud” of Jenni, who is based at Pilgrim Hospital near Boston, Lincolnshire.
Mr Allitt, who has been involved with the Saddlebow Road stadium-based club for more than a decade, said: “My wife is a nurse so she’s working on the front line every day, so we have to kind of self-isolate even in our own home, which is a bit weird.
“She is very busy, as all NHS staff are. She is working on many wards at the moment. She’s been on coronary care and care for the elderly. Sadly Pilgrim has had its first (coronavirus) death. It’s one of the larger hospitals in the area. All NHS staff are doing a fantastic job, as are other key workers.
“It’s a little bit difficult on my side as I’m classed as one of the high-risk groups from previous things.”
He said about the personal impact of the coronavirus crisis: “I wouldn’t say it is a worry. Jenni worries about it more than I do. She takes all the precautions at work. I’m equally or more worried that she will contract it than what I will.
“She is good at her job. She’s been doing it for a long time and we’re all proud of what she does, as all families of key workers are.”
Now the peak infection rate is reported to have passed, Mr Allitt reflected: “It is what it is. We just have to get through it in the best way we can, move forward and hopefully there will be some light at the end of the tunnel soon.
“That’s the next stage. I can’t see that happening at any time very soon while we still have such high numbers every day. We’ll see what happens and we’ll know more in the next few weeks, I guess.
“I was told that I’m on the vulnerable list and theoretically have to isolate for 12 weeks, anyway.
“I feel absolutely fine. I wasn’t able to have a final all-clear because it was just before this thing all started. It hasn’t happened but I feel fine and I’m sure it’s just a matter of course.”