Kate, another new young volunteer, shares her feelings and fears about the current situation.
I’m 17 so I am considered a child and in a non-risk age category. I thought this meant, as I have no known conditions, that I would be completely safe. However, during the last couple of days there have been teenagers of similar age, or younger, dying from this nasty virus that also have no known conditions. This news has obviously made this time a whole lot harder as not only do I have to worry about my family’s health but my own too.
I am quite fortunate in the fact I have grown up with all 4 of my grandparents. They are all still very independent so it is tough for them as they are all over 70. We are in regular contact with them on the phone and on facetime. My mum and dad are also shopping for them. This is quite hard sometimes because of the panic buyers. Not only are the necessities hard to come by, but even when you find them you can only have a certain amount. I understand why shops have had to do this, but it definitely makes shopping for 3 families hard.
I’m quite an active person normally. I play netball and ride horses. My netball got cancelled about 3 weeks ago now. March 30th was supposed to be our plate final in netball. So that night was quite sad as it just made me miss playing and all my teammates too. On top of missing netball, I also miss riding as I normally ride 4 or 5 times a week. I am fortunate in that I am still allowed down the yard once a day. Its going to be strange not being allowed to ride as I’ve been riding since I was 4 and not even a broken ankle stopped me!
Obviously schools have shut as well. My first thought was YAY! But its only when I properly thought about it that I thought about how much I still wanted to go. My A-levels are next year so there is piles of work to do. Getting work done at home is harder than it sounds when you’re a 17-year-old with a phone!
As I have a lot more spare time on my hands I tried baking a chocolate cake. I had already mastered banana bread and Victoria sponge in the last couple of years so I decided to try something different. Let’s just say I think I should stick to banana bread and Victoria sponge! Me and my sister have also started running regularly. We had previously gone on the odd run in the hopes it would become a regular thing but it never happened. Now with all this spare time we are making the best use of our 1 hour of exercise outside. Me, my dad and my sister have also had a couple great rounds of Ludo. You wouldn’t think board games were that competitive until you see me and my dad play. Let’s just say we are both very competitive people. Saturday night has also become movie night.
I hope everyone reading this is safe and well. And make sure you are listening to the government and washing your hands and staying indoors as much as possible. Also try and stay in contact with friends and family as much as possible as we never know who is going through a tough time. We will hopefully get through this tragedy together.