I’ve got a supportive family around me, my four sons and daughter, my fiancée Denise and my dog Molly. Denise and I had to postpone our wedding due to Covid, which was tough. On top of that, we’ve both not been able to work. Denise worries about me, wants to protect me. I’m worried too sometimes, but I try to stay positive.
Before Covid, I’d recently got into stand-up comedy. My eldest son was the reason I started, as he also performs stand-up comedy. I told him that I think I’m funnier than him, to which he replied, ‘’prove it!’’ So, I did (although he will still insist he is funnier).
I’ve been shielding from the start of the pandemic because I take immune suppressant pills for my arthritis. The first two weeks were spent watching TV and worrying about money! I have now returned to work but during lockdown I was put in furloughed, due to lack of orders at work. Being an engineer and normally on my feet all day at work – I really missed being busy. I was also the chief dog walker before the pandemic struck, but I’ve had to miss out on that while shielding.
When the mortgage holiday came though, it helped us a lot mentally. It’s been a really stressful time, as it has for many others.