A Pembrokeshire holiday-cottage letting agency is offering free holidays to brave NHS staff
Our hard-working NHS heroes will no doubt be exhausted and desperate for a well-earned break once this crisis is over. So to say a huge thank-you for their dedication, Pembrokeshire-based holiday letting agency St Brides Bay Cottages has teamed up with its property owners to offer free holidays to frontline healthcare workers.
As part of Operation Recuperation, a UK-wide campaign launched to gift future stays in beautiful places, frontline healthcare providers can choose from holidays in St David’s, Solva, Newgale or Porthgain.
“This is our way of showing our dedicated NHS staff that we appreciate everything they’re doing in such difficult circumstances,” says Sam Sibbald, manager of St Brides Bay Cottages.
“I saw first-hand the pressure the NHS is under when my dad had a stay in hospital last year. I could tell how pushed they were on a normal day-to-day basis, let alone with having COVID-19 to deal with. Now my dad is at home, needing carers every day, and I can see, more than ever, how much we rely on the people who look after us.
“We’re taking part in Operation Recuperation thanks to the generosity of our cottage owners. By gifting stays to these dedicated workers, we’ll be helping them to recover from the fight against coronavirus.”
Several cottage owners, whose properties are let by St Brides Bay Cottages, have come forward to donate stays in their holiday homes. Among them is Sheila Morgan, who together with her husband Chris owns The Anchorage, a two-bedroom apartment in Solva.
“As a retired nurse with medical staff in the family, I can fully appreciate the strains and stresses all NHS staff are going through at present,” says Sheila. “Thank you all for your sterling work. Hopefully the peace, quiet and Pembrokeshire air will aid recuperation.”
Rachel Sherwood, who launched the nationwide Operation Recuperation scheme, has been overwhelmed by the generosity of leisure and holiday businesses.
“A huge thank you to St Brides Bay Cottages for proudly supporting Operation Recuperation and to the cottage owners who have donated stays in this stunning part of Wales, despite very challenging times,” says Rachel.
“Sometime in the not-too-distant future, a number of our frontline healthcare staff will be enjoying long clifftop walks, fresh seafood, lazy days on the beach and cosy evenings in sea-view cottages.”
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