Friends swap jobs for a day in aid of charity
HAVE you ever wondered what it would like to do a completely different job?
Friends Buster Keanan and Lisa Burton decided to see what life in a different career is really like – by swapping roles for a day in aid of charity.
Buster got stuck into stacking shelves and sweeping floors in the Spar, at Bradley crossroads, while shop worker Lisa helped decorate a wedding for Buster's company, Crystal Venue Decorations.
And both admitted the other's job was harder work than they expected.
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Lisa, 35, who has been a supervisor at the Spar shop for two years, said: "Buster is one of our regulars and he came in one day when I was just starting a really long shift.
"He told he was shattered after a long day at work and I said 'you should try working here then' as a joke.
"The next day he called me up and asked if I fancied swapping jobs to raise money for charity and I couldn't resist."
Lisa and the staff at Spar already support the NSPCC and The Handicapped Children's Pilgrimage Trust, so the duo decided to split proceeds from their job swap on Saturday between the two causes.
Buster, who moved to Brocklesby from Cornwall three years ago, added: "It definitely showed me that working in a shop is harder than I thought. The girls loved bossing me around and they had me sweeping the floors and stacking shelves, which was really frustrating because I'd get everything stacked perfectly and then customers would come and buy things!
"I was ready to go back to my day job at the end of it but it was great fun. I'm delighted we helped raise money for the charities."
Lisa, who helped Buster's wife Donna decorate St James' Hotel, Grimsby, ready for a wedding, added: "I'm used to working in an air-conditioned shop and I got very hot and sweaty sorting out all the tables and decorations.
"It was worth it in the end because the venue looked beautiful, but I think I'll be happier back in Spar. It was like your first day in any new job; you feel like you're hassling everyone because you don't know what you're doing!"
Manager Michelle Boult was responsible for overseeing Buster's work at Spar, where a coffee morning was also taking place.
She said: "To say he was very easily distracted was an understatement. He kept popping outside and having drinks. He worked very hard, though."
Donna, who taught Lisa how to decorate the venue, added: "Lisa was fantastic and worked really hard. She was a natural. I wouldn't have minded if she stayed instead of Buster!"
To add to Lisa and Buster's fundraising total, pop into Spar at Bradley crossroads, or search HCPT Group 39 on Facebook.