Iceland

Supermarket teen spends extra wages on NHS staff

A teenager who has been working overtime since her college closed has been spending her extra wages on treats for NHS staff.

Iceland boss Richard Walker paid tribute to 17-year-old Aleece who works in the supermarket in Ebbw Vale.

"So proud to have on you the team, Aleece!" he said.

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Iceland stores on 'frontline in a war'

Iceland boss Richard Walker has felt like he is on "the front line in a war" because of coronavirus.

The managing director of the Deeside-based chain said the firm had a million pairs of gloves arriving on Saturday for staff, with masks on the way.

He told Radio 4's Today programme: “We’ve always called our store teams frontline colleagues but I suppose in the last two weeks we’ve really felt on the frontline in a war.

"And, of course, to me their safety is absolutely paramount."

The business was enforcing social distancing rules and installing protective screens at tills.

“It is a reality of any shop worker’s daily life at the moment that they are facing customer abuse and frustration around lack of stock or availability, that sort of thing," Mr Walker said.

“There’s a lot being asked of us."

Iceland boss Richard Walker felt like he was in "the front line in a war" because of Covid-19
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Iceland boss Richard Walker felt like he was in "the front line in a war" because of Covid-19