NHS Staff Are Being Offered Free Holidays In New Campaign To #TreatOurNHS
Now, a new campaign called #TreatOurNHS has been launched online and offers NHS workers free holidays once restrictions have been lifted and it's safe to travel again.
Many NHS workers have been working relentlessly around the clock, with a number of doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers having to spend time away from their families to minimise the spread of coronavirus.
As a way of saying thanks, hotels, tour operators and owners of self-catered accommodation have been offering free stays for NHS workers, using the hashtags #TreatOurNHS and #MyTravelPledge.
The campaign was started by Sarah White, who owns a self-catered studio in Devon called The Hayloft.
She offered a two-night stay for two NHS workers, with members of the public able to nominate their heroes on the frontline.
Announcing the free getaway on Instagram, she said: "We wanted to say a thank you to all those incredible nurses putting our lives before theirs.
"TAG ANYONE YOU KNOW WHO WORKS FOR THE NHS in the comments below, if it's you, tag yourself!
"They'll get a well deserved soak in that bath and enjoy a two night restorative break in Devon when this is all over."
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The campaign has now completely taken off on social media, with other hotels and accommodation owners offering their properties out to NHS staff.
Nar Valley Cottages in West Norfolk is offering a two night stay for up to six people in their luxurious Threshing Barn - a converted farmhouse with complimentary access to their on-site gym, spa and pools.
Meanwhile, the incredible Thirlestane Castle in Scotland has also pledged to treat the NHS, offering a two night stay for two as well as extra treats from local suppliers.
"We have had some incredible extras thrown in by some wonderful local businesses including a welcome bunch of flowers from @bessboggisrolfeflowers , a meal for two at the awesome @buccleucharms and a bespoke panama headpiece or hat from the incredible @yvettejelfs," they wrote on Instagram.
In Cornwall, holiday letting service OrangeRoofs has offered up a number of its properties to NHS workers, giving away a free one week stay at a selection of breathtaking cottages in areas such as St Ives and Carbis Bay.
"Once the government say it is safe to receive visitors in Cornwall and holiday makers can once again travel, @orange_roofs and it's generous property owners would like to do their bit in saying a heartfelt thank you to all NHS workers that have been working selflessly and tirelessly for so many families' loved ones," they wrote.
Overseas, owners of boutique B&B Casa Higueras, near Granada, have also pledged to the campaign, along with 17 other properties in Andalucía. Meanwhile, Airport Transfers Malaga has donated free shuttle services.
"We wanted to offer a break to someone who deserves it most and - once people can start travelling again - to show people Spain is waiting to welcome them," Casa Higueras co-owner Ian Rutter told the Guardian. "We're delighted by how quickly the idea has grown and the quality of what is being offered."
Anyone can nominate an NHS worker - or members of staff can nominate themselves - with all the offers listed under the #TreatOurNHS or #MyTravelPledge hashtag.
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