St Brides Bay Cottages offers free stays as part of Operation Recuperation

SOLVA-BASED holiday letting agency, St Brides Bay Cottages, has teamed up with its property owners and Operation Recuperation to offer free holidays to frontline healthcare workers. The family-run firm has announced the scheme to say thank you to the healthcare heroes who are risking their lives to keep the UK safe during the coronavirus pandemic. The generous initiative will see healthcare professionals enjoy a well-deserved break in picturesque St Davids, Solva, Newgale or Porthgain, after the crisis is over.

The scheme is part of Operation Recuperation, a UK-wide campaign launched to gift future stays in beautiful places to frontline healthcare providers. "This is our way of showing our dedicated healthcare workers that we appreciate everything they're doing in such difficult circumstances," said company manager, Sam Sibbald. "I saw first-hand the pressure the NHS is under, when my dad had a stay in hospital last year.

I could tell how pushed they were on a normal day-to-day basis, let alone with having COVID-19 to deal with. Now my dad is at home, needing carers every day, and I can see, more than ever, how much we rely on the people who look after us. "We're taking part in Operation Recuperation thanks to the generosity of our cottage owners.

By gifting stays to these dedicated workers, we'll be helping them to recover from the fight against coronavirus." Several cottage owners, whose properties are let by St Brides Bay Cottages, have come forward to donate stays in their holiday homes. Among them is Sheila Morgan, who together with her husband Chris, owns The Anchorage, a two-bedroom apartment in Solva.

"As a retired nurse with medical staff in the family, I can fully appreciate the strains and stresses all NHS staff are going through at present," she said. "Thank you all for your sterling work. Hopefully the peace, quiet and Pembrokeshire air will aid recuperation."

Debbie and Patrick Bowie-Moore, the owners of five-bedroom holiday home Mount Pleasant, in Solva, added: "The healthcare workers have offered their all, and it's our privilege to give a family - who may have been kept apart - the opportunity to stay in Mount Pleasant as a massive thank you." Operation Recuperation is collecting donations - in room nights and cash - to give free stays to frontline healthcare staff, once the virus restrictions have been lifted. Rachel Sherwood, who launched Operation Recuperation, said: "A huge thank you to St Brides Bay Cottages for proudly supporting Operation Recuperation and to the cottage owners who have donated stays in this stunning part of Wales, despite very challenging times.

"Sometime in the not-too-distant future, a number of our frontline healthcare staff will be enjoying long clifftop walks, fresh seafood, lazy days on the beach and cosy evenings in sea-view cottages." To find out more about St Brides Bay Cottages and Operation Recuperation, visit: https://www.stbridesbaycottages.com/, email [email protected] or call 01437 720027. You can follow St Brides Bay Cottages on Instagram @stbridesbaycottages or Facebook @StBridesBayCottages.

And look out for the hashtag #operationrecuperation.

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