Grantham Town give longstanding turnstile operator and NHS worker a season's break
Grantham Town FC have given one of their turnstile operators a season off the job.
Alan Holt, a Gingerbreads turnstile operator - and Senior Operating Department Practitioner at Grantham Hospital - has been given a season off courtesy of an amazing gesture by fellow Gingerbread Joey Hammond.
Alan has been working the turnstiles since the stadium first opened in 1991, and because of that role he has missed most first halves and many goals in that time.
With the Gingerbreads offering free season tickets to NHS workers, Alan commented on the club's Facebook page that he'd take up the offer but had to work on the turnstile.
This is where Joey stepped in. Replying to Alan, he said: "I'll work the turnstiles for you and you enjoy your well earned season ticket."
As you can imagine Alan is delighted with the offer: "It's an amazing gesture. I'm very grateful to Joey, he's recognised the work the NHS has done during the last 3 months.
"I really am grateful, its been a very difficult time during the pandemic."
Gingerbreads Vice-chairman, Sophie Cope said: "Alan has been an excellent member of our team for so many years, for that alone he deserves a season off.
"But he's such a valuable member of our whole community in his work at the hospital. We're proud to call him a Gingerbread!"
The club are looking forward to Alan cheering on the team from kick off when the new season starts.