A primary school teacher hailed a ‘hero’ after making and delivering more than 10,000 meals to his vulnerable pupils on foot has revealed he now needs knee surgery after notching up more than 750 miles.
Zane Powles, 48, from Grimsby, spends his mornings walking at least five miles to deliver lunches to students who are currently self-isolating with their families at home.
The deputy head teacher at Western Primary School has now walked more than 750 miles in total, battling through rain, wind and snow in the past few weeks,
But the task has taken its toll and Zane is currently waiting to see a knee specialist and most likely needs an operation.
Father-of-three Zane Powles, from Grimsby, spends his morning walking five miles to deliver lunches to students, who are currently self-isolating with their families at home
The deputy head teacher at Western Primary School has now walked more than 750 miles in total, battling through rain, wind and snow in the past few weeks
Sharing a photo of his load, he said: ‘What a day today – I’m exhausted, my toughest delivery day yet.
‘The five day hampers turned up and they were heavy amd because of this took a double journey to every house 9.4 miles today and only half done.
‘Six reloads-each trailer weighing easily 100kg plus had another 20kg on my back.’
He started delivering lunches in March last year, during the first Covid-19 lockdown, and received an MBE for his efforts.
This week, Zane faced his ‘toughest delivery day yet’ as he said there were ‘six reloads’ with each trailer weighing 100kg, plus he carried another 20kg on his back
The teacher, who used to be in the army and was named Primary School Teacher of the Year in 2019, explained that he prefers to deliver the food by foot because it means the families he isn’t delivering to can still see him.
He said: ‘On foot is much better for our families. If I used a car, I would see the families I deliver to.
‘Walking – I see the families I don’t deliver to. They pop out as I pass because they need some help or just want a chat.’
Zane also said that he is hoping children are able to return to school on March 8, as Dominic Raab said on Sunday that education is the ‘top priority’ in the easing of lockdown.
Zane also said that he is hoping children are able to return to school on March 8, as Dominic Raab said on Sunday that education is the ‘top priority’ in the easing of lockdown
On Friday, the teacher said: ‘Half term next week – a week’s rest. I’m hoping even more that the kids are back on the 8th.
‘I can’t wait for them to return: not because of my knee but because they need to be back in school for everyone’s welfare and mental health: the children’s, the parent’s and the staff’s.’
At the start of lockdown in March, Zane delivered 78 packed lunches each morning, consisting of a sandwich, a packet of crisps, a biscuit or cake, and an apple.
When schools began to re-open at the beginning of June, he delivered 68 meals and said the classroom is ‘without doubt’ the best place for children ‘at the moment’.
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