King's Lynn rider witnesses social cost of coronavirus in home county of Sussex
Through his job new King’s Lynn Stars rider Lewis Bridger has witnessed the social cost of the coronavirus outbreak.
Bridger, who arrived at the Adrian Flux Arena last month, works as a security guard and his current patch is an NHS hospital.
The 31-year-old from Sussex sees the mental as well as physical consequences of social distancing and isolation due to the pandemic. He says it is a problem for all classes and professions.
The Bexhill-based racer said: “I see it at first hand, you get people who turn to alcohol. There was a 30-year-old woman teacher, a lovely young lady, who just had a breakdown.”
His tasks include taking care of troublemakers at A&E reception but says this aspect has tailed off: “You’ll be surprised. It’s not busy at all; it’s the quietest it has ever been in three years.
“None of the care staff are off and although the hospital is at overcapacity, half of the NHS staff are off isolating so there are less at work.
“Now they’re not accepting drunks and so on who’d normally be there out front. I’m doing twelve-hour shifts and it is quite quiet.
“I am able to get on the phone and organise speedway stuff, which probably if I was on a building site and digging holes I wouldn’t be able to do.
“I’m very mobile at work, with patrols I’m doing 20,000 steps per day. I can come home from an eight-until-eight shift, do some circuit training and get enough sleep to get up at 6am.
“I had finished all my online training as a personal trainer but wasn’t able to sit any practicals due to lockdown so had to put it on hold.”
Bridger also sees the effects of lockdown closer to home, with his partner Eliza who runs a personal trainer business.
“My partner has got four and six-year-old children and they are normally at nursery but she is having to teach them at home,” he added.
“Doing teaching while having a PT company, it’s a nightmare.
“It’s hard to entertain the kids when you can’t go out and do something with them.”