Due to the unimaginable closure of all of our parks we have decided to utilise unoccupied caravans at our Forest Edge Holiday Park, allowing frontline NHS workers and carers a safe place to live since they’re unable to go home due to the increased risk of spreading Coronavirus to their loved ones.
We understand that this is already a hard time for those working in healthcare and by offering our unoccupied luxury caravans we hope to give them a safe, comfortable space to return to after their long shifts on the front line.
Sara Bertin, Financial Director of Shorefield Holidays, says: “For NHS workers who cannot live with their families due to the pandemic, this may just be the relief they need. Spreading a little kindness can go a long way during these times and we hope this small act may remind others to be kind and stay safe.”
Due to our recent initial roll out of our new online check in service we had 10 caravans available at Forest Edge Holiday Park for NHS staff to stay in, with absolutely zero contact needed. We reached out on social media to announce our offering and to encourage workers in need of accommodation to get in touch with us.
The response was overwhelming and due to the volume of workers we had get in touch, we’ve been working hard to adapt more of our caravans for contact-less check in. Consequently, we are able to offer our full hire fleet at Forest Edge, of 35 caravans, as free accommodation throughout this time.
We have already provided 14 healthcare workers with a free place to stay whilst working and we urge anyone else who is in need of accommodation to get in touch with us!
The feedback we have already received from our local community is astounding:
"Huge thank you for providing me with accommodation free of charge! It has meant I can go to work with the peace of mind that I am protecting my family as much as I can. My stay here has been extremely comfortable and enjoyable. The quiet surroundings has also enabled me to get some much needed rest between shifts. An amazing gesture like this goes a long way and is truly appreciated by us NHS staff." - Chloe Frias
Lee Stratton, Paramedic at South Western Ambulance Service, said: "I had nowhere to go, and Shorefield gave me somewhere to stay. I cannot thank them enough for their very kindhearted gesture".
"Brilliant Shorefield, what a help for the NHS, that are working so hard & wanting to keep their families safe, living away distancing from them, then work work work. Amazing people!!! Thank you all" - Jo Harris
"Huge respect for such a kind and thoughtful thing to do during this national emergency." - Sherrie Chubb
We would like to extend our deepest thanks to those working on the front line, in both healthcare and in other key worker positions, keeping the country going through these times. Join us every Thursday at 8pm in showing our appreciation for key workers by clapping on your doorstep.
We have already introduced our Blue Light Discount earlier in the year, allowing emergency services, armed forces and blue light staff to save 15% on holidays and will continue to do our best to support these fantastic individuals where possible.