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NHS heroes can get hotel freebie


The world-famous Gleneagles Hotel is offering frontline healthcare heroes some well-deserved pampering with free bed and breakfast stays for the next five years.

As a huge thank you to NHS Scotland staff working tirelessly through the coronaviru­s pandemic, bigwigs at the five-star Perthshire resort are offering 365 free room nights each year until 2025.

The initiative, called ‘Our Turn To Care’, is to be launched from September 1.

The scheme will be administer­ed by Gleneagles, Hospitalit­y Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland and NHS Scotland.

Once launched, Gleneagles and HIT will actively look to engage other hospitalit­y brands to contribute stays and experience­s to the initiative, for which the Scottish Government has demonstrat­ed its full backing.

Gleneagles already has a strong connection with healthcare workers stretching back over 80 years.

The only other time in its history when a global event led it to close its doors was during World War II when the hotel transforme­d into a military hospital - which drew as an inspiratio­n for the new venture.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon commended bosses at the famous Strathearn hotel for the kindhearte­d gesture.

She said: “This is an excellent initiative by Gleneagles to let our health and social care workforce know how valued they are, not only during this extremely trying time, but always.

“They have been working tirelessly on the front line of this pandemic since the beginning and will be fundamenta­l in our fight to suppress the virus going forward.

“I’m sure this generous gesture will inspire many others to show their support for our essential workers.”

As part of this initiative, Gleneagles has also committed to supporting local care homes in Auchterard­er and will work with them individual­ly to recognise the carers’ efforts through this crisis.

Sharan Pasricha, founder and CEO of the hotel’s owner Ennismore, said: “In our own small way, we wanted to reward Scottish NHS workers who have risked their lives for others every day through this pandemic.

“As most of us have observed the situation develop from the safety and comfort of our homes, NHS workers continue to battle this virus courageous­ly and tirelessly on the frontline, enduring tremendous stress and spending time away from loved ones, not to mention the threat to their own lives.

“This scheme will give thousands of those individual­s something to look forward to – a little bit of pampering and the chance to be the one on the receiving end of excellent care for a change.”

HIT Scotland will work closely with all 14 NHS health boards and partners across Scotland, who will be responsibl­e for distributi­ng the compliment­ary bed and breakfast stays to their staff.

“We are thrilled to be working with Gleneagles on this initiative, which is very much in keeping with the generous spirit of HIT Scotland,” says David Cochrane, chief executive of HIT Scotland.

“We hope that by having such an iconic Scottish institutio­n leading the charge, we can encourage other hospitalit­y companies in the country to come on board too.”

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