May 14th 2020
We’re supporting our healthcare workers
We’re delighted to be working with Operation Recuperation to gift stays to North East healthcare workers on the frontline.
Coquet Cottages has teamed up with its property owners and Operation Recuperation to offer free stays of up to a week at over 16 of our luxury holiday homes across Northumberland. We’re offering the stays to say a huge thank you to the healthcare heroes who are risking their lives to keep the UK safe during these times.
When life has returned to some semblance of normality, nominated frontline healthcare workers from the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Freeman Hospital, University Hospital of North Durham and Northumbria Emergency Specialist Care will be getting a much-needed break with their loved ones as part of the UK-wide campaign Operation Recuperation.
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 holiday rentals, hotel nights and second home stays to provide recuperation breaks for nominated healthcare workers when the time is right. Recipient names will be nominated by selected hospitals and chosen by draw. Rachel 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.
Rachel founded Operation Recuperation in late March after hearing about thousands of NHS staff coming out of retirement and putting their lives at risk on a daily basis. She knew that after Covid-19, healthcare workers would be psychologically as well as physically exhausted, and she wanted to provide them with some proper R&R. She started by donating a stay at her family property in Thailand and things spiralled from there.
Rachel Sherwood, the woman behind the initiative, is hoping this donation will inspire others to do the same. She says “We’re incredible grateful to Coquet Cottages and its property owners for this superb donation. I was born and raised in Morpeth so I know the beneficiaries are going to have the most wonderful stays. You only need to look at the Coquet Cottages portfolio to see that they really offer something special; not only are the award-winning properties beautifully furnished and presented but the company’s concierge service delivers an extra level of luxury.”
When the time is right, Operation Recuperation 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 think about whether you’re able to donate a future stay. Every donation really will make a difference, whether it’s a weekend for 2 or the holiday of a lifetime. All you need to do is give us the details of your donation, choose a hospital or let us work with the hardest hit and we’ll do the rest.”
Stephanie Ringland, Client Services Director at Coquet Cottages said “We’re in awe of our frontline healthcare workers, putting their lives at risk on a daily basis and working long shifts. To say thank you, we want to be able to reward them with a stay in Northumberland when the Covid-19 crisis ends. 15 have donated short breaks and full week’s at their properties to say thanks. We wouldn’t be able to do this without Rachel from Occupation Recuperation, who has done a brilliant job of setting up the charity.”Back to Blog