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Second home owners & hoteliers gift future stays to frontline healthcare workers

Operation Recuperation is collecting pledges of future second home stays and hotel nights to help frontline healthcare staff recover from the fight against Covid19.

Since it was started to give healthcare workers something to look forward to after the Covid-19 crisis, Operation Recuperation has received pledges for over 80 complimentary stays ranging from cosy cabins to luxury Asian beach resorts.

Rachel Sherwood, the woman behind the initiative, says “I started this when I heard about so many thousands of NHS staff coming out of retirement to put their lives at risk. When we’ve won this fight, our frontline healthcare workers are going to be psychologically as well as physically tired and they’ll need some R&R. It’s heart-warming to see so many people giving what they can during this hugely challenging time. Every time I receive a message with a new donation, I know that’s at least one more healthcare worker who’ll be enjoying a complimentary stay before too long and recuperating from this harrowing ordeal.”

St Brides Bay Cottages in Pembrokeshire has rallied its cottage owners and pledged at least 20 free stays for frontline healthcare workers. We’ve had donations for second homes in Yorkshire, Cornwall, Oxfordshire, Norfolk, Somerset, Northamptonshire, Devon, Northumberland, Gloucestershire, Spain, Italy, France, Barbados and Thailand. Pledges are coming in for shabby-chic cabins, multi-family holiday homes and even a fully equipped glamping Landrover for a UK overland trip. Luxury Indonesian hotels Nihi Sumba and Fivelements Retreat Bali have together donated 7 nights for the trip of a lifetime and paved the way for other hotel owners to pledge stays in a very challenging time for the hospitality industry.

The initiative has been featured so far on BBC Radio Oxford, BBC Radio Surrey, BBC Devon and BBC Radio Tees as well as Wales Online and local print publications. A segment has also been recorded for Global Radio’s Welsh news channels.

When the time is right, Rachel will ask hospitals to nominate front-line healthcare workers to benefit from the program and their names will be entered into a draw. Rachel says “the more donations we receive, the more names we can pull out of that hat so please give what you can. We won’t be asking you to honour the pledges until life has returned to some semblance of normality.”

To pledge a stay at your second home or hotel, please email: help@operationrecuperation.com or leave a message on the Operation Recuperation Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/oprecup

Rachel Sherwood

Operation Recuperation is an initiative set up by Rachel Sherwood to help front-line healthcare staff recover from the fight against Covid19. It is collecting pledges of second home stays and hotel nights to provide recuperation breaks for nominated healthcare workers when the time is right. Recipient names will be selected by draw. Rachel Sherwood has over 30 years’ experience of sales and marketing and currently runs a blog promoting low season travel. She lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and two step-children.