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X Factor Star Backs Deliveroo Ad Thanking The Nation’s Delivery Drivers In The Run Up To Christmas

X FACTOR star Ray Quinn has backed the launch of a Deliveroo ad which thanks the nations delivery drivers for their hard work.

The singer took on a delivery driver job during lockdown and knows first hand how difficult the job can be saying it’s the most challenging job he’s had.

The advert launched today praises the efforts of those delivering everything from food and toys, home schools and gyms, flowers and cards, through to life saving blood donations and organs.

Over five billion deliveries have been made in 2020, with appreciation for delivery drivers up 75%.

The new campaign to thank delivery drivers up and down the country has been given the thumbs up by a number of celebrities ahead of what is set to be the busiest weekend for delivery drivers and riders up and down the country.

Famous faces who are showing support for the campaign include performer and delivery driver Ray Quinn, author and TV personality Georgia Toffolo and reality star Chris Hughes who all have their own reasons to thank the nation’s delivery drivers for all their hard work during 2020.

Deliveroo released the ad to give thanks to the fleet of ordinary people who have delivered us everything from food and toys to home schools and gym equipment, ensuring we stay safe and most importantly, at home during the global pandemic.

Ray Quinn himself is one of those dedicated drivers having recently taken the role of a Hermes driver, calling it the most challenging job he’s had:

“As the New Year is upon us let us take a moment to reflect and say thank you to all those who have kept us going through the tough times this year. 

“I feel it’s time to show some love to our delivery drivers, couriers, supermarket staff!! What would we do without them? Whether it’s food parcels to keep our elderly safe indoors, your bottle of wine to share with friends over facetime, gifts for loved ones to let them know you’re thinking of them or even a little doorstep conversation!

“I would just like to personally thank the nation’s Deliverers! As some of you may know, I myself have been there and done it and have seen first-hand how much hard work goes into the job. These guys are amazing! Working right through these difficult times helping to keep many businesses afloat, whilst keeping our closest friends and families connected. From me to you, I hope you all have an amazing one this year and may 2121 be a prosperous new start with a little more appreciation than ever for our key workers !! 

“Merry Christmas everyone and Thank you!”

Deliveroo obsessed Georgia Toffolo who has previously admitted to ordering from Deliveroo five times a week said; “I couldn’t have made it through 2020 without delivery drivers and now I’m relying on them to get my new book out to the nation this Christmas as well as bring my food, so I want to thank them so very much.”

Meanwhile Chris Hughes has said over Christmas more than ever he’s relying on drivers and riders to get gifts to family and friends and for festive food deliveries: “Deliveries have made the lockdown more bearable and I’m relying on these amazing people and services to bring gifts and cheer to my family this Christmas. They have and continue to be a lifeline for the nation.”

They aren’t doctors, nurses, carers or paramedics, yet COVID19 has not stopped this group of workers delivering, and for this people are getting behind the campaign which simply says THANK YOU. 

According to recent research by Deliveroo the nation’s appreciation for delivery drivers has risen this year by 75% following the 5bn deliveries that have been made during the pandemic.

From this weekend, delivery drivers are set to have their busiest two weeks of the year to date, delivering almost 600 million gifts alone in the run up to Christmas and New Year.

Three in five Brits (59%) said they wouldn’t have got through the pandemic without delivery drivers according to a poll of 2,000 people by Censuswide on behalf of Deliveroo. The research is the inspiration behind the brand’s new Christmas campaign which thanks all delivery riders, from Sainsbury’s to Freddie’s Flowers, as it is reported that 2020 will break records with over five billion packages delivered.

The survey found that three quarters of Brits’ (75%) attitude towards delivery drivers and couriers has become more positive during lockdown. Just over three in five (56%) said they were not aware of how important the role of delivery riders was and how much they relied on them (62%) until Covid-19 hit.

Thanks to the UK’s fantastic network of delivery drivers, three in five Brits (59%) said it allowed them to reduce unnecessary journeys, and over half (55%) said it allowed them to stay safe at home. 

From groceries (51%), home gyms (21%) and home offices (24%) to toys (21%), flowers (14%) and toilet paper (31%), the nation’s doors have not stopped ringing.  

The top 10 items Brits had delivered to their home/other people’s homes during the pandemic include:

  • 1. Clothing (56%)
  • 2. Food and drink (51%)    
  • 3. Takeaways (47%)    
  • 4. Presents (46%) 
  • 5. Toilet roll (31%) 
  • 6. Office equipment (24%) 
  • 7. DIY/interiors items (24%)    
  • 8. Medicine (23%)    
  • 9. Entertainment items (21%)
  • 10. Plants (14%)

To celebrate the nation’s delivery drivers and couriers, Deliveroo has launched the Christmas campaign in recognition of their heroic work, showcasing the people who continue to deliver for Britain every day and providing a lifeline to Brits during the pandemic.

Emma Simmonds, Director of Global Ops at Deliveroo said: “2020 has been a tough year for so many people. Our riders have worked incredibly hard, up and down the country, in all weather conditions, and as a delivery company who sees every day the value that delivery brings – we wanted to say a big thank you to all the deliverers across the UK.”

Will Shu, Deliveroo founder and CEO added: “This year has been one of the busiest and most challenging for riders and restaurants. We know first hand how heroic riders are. Riders became key workers during the pandemic, providing families with the food they needed while isolating and essential grocery items.

Delivery provided businesses with a much needed lifeline when shops and restaurants were closed, protecting jobs. All riders, all couriers and all delivery companies across the country have stepped up to help us all, and so we are pleased to be able to say thank you to them.”

With Christmas only a few weeks away, over a third of Brits (35%) plan on sending all of their Christmas presents via delivery drivers this year.

On average, Brits will send and receive 11 Christmas gifts, meaning 595 million presents will be sent by delivery drivers this year. 

Half (50%) of Brits surveyed believe a day of celebration should be held for delivery drivers, as a way of saying thanks for their work throughout the pandemic.

To thank riders this Christmas Deliveroo teamed up with some of our best-known restaurant partners; Nando’s, Byron, Tortilla & Shake Shack – to treat riders to a range of festive treats each day this week.

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