NHS key workers helping to battle COVID-19 in Cornwall are being offered free accommodation at an award-winning 5-star holiday park.
Frontline staff tackling the coronavirus crisis at Truro’s Royal Cornwall Hospital are being offered a place to stay at Landal Gwel an Mor, a holiday resort in Portreath with 114 self-catering luxury lodges. The park has opened up for NHS employees who are coming out of retirement to provide additional assistance during the pandemic, staff from elsewhere in the country who are providing support in Cornwall, and local medical workers who don’t want to risk the health of vulnerable loved ones at home by returning there after their shifts.
Landal Gwel an Mor is working with the NHS to process applications and ensure that high levels of safety and hygiene are adhered to. Each of the lodges contains everything needed for everyday living, including fully equipped kitchens, dishwashers, and washer-dryers, and employees of the resort are acting as volunteers to ensure that the needs of NHS workers are attended to.
Landal Gwel an Mor is a luxury resort located in the attractive coastal village of Portreath, with 100 acres of well-kept grounds offering incredible views across the Atlantic Ocean. The park recently received the VisitEngland Award for Excellence, and would ordinarily be bustling with activity around this time of year, but like other holiday destinations around the UK, it has now temporarily closed its doors to the usual guests in line with government guidance aimed at reducing the rate at which the COVID-19 coronavirus is spreading.
Popular facilities like its bar and restaurant, heated indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, gym, and spa have all closed their doors for now, with resort staff instead focusing on ensuring that the key NHS workers staying on site are kept safe. The offer of free accommodation is open to NHS doctors and nurses who are working on the Treliske COVID-19 support team at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.
Landal Gwel an Mor already has a reputation for leading this kind of initiative. Well known for its support of the community, it runs an Annual Emergency Services Award event to recognise the efforts of local emergency services. This developed out of the resort’s response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy back in 2017, where it invited the emergency crews who had responded to the disaster-free festive holidays with their family that year.
There are hopes from the team at Landal Gwel an Mor that other holiday parks might follow their lead and offer up their empty holiday properties to accommodate NHS workers in this time of need.