Free 'Thank You' Weekend In Whitby For NHS Workers (Free Hotel Accomodation / Free Meal / Free Drink) 2nd - 3rd October
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Free 'Thank You' Weekend In Whitby For NHS Workers (Free Hotel Accomodation / Free Meal / Free Drink) 2nd - 3rd October

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Posted 24th Apr
Well, as thank you's and freebies go this is pretty awesome. Whitby is amazing and beautiful and clearly the people of Whitby are too. I hope every single NHS staff who go to this have the most stunning and fantastic weekend. They totally deserve it.
A free 'thank you' weekend has been organised in Whitby for NHS workers on the frontline of the Coronavirus outbreak.
NHS front line workers can apply or be nominated for the event at welcome2whitby.co.uk/NHS…ply
As a big thank you to these workers businesses across Whitby have signed up to offer free accommodation, free meals and free drinks.
For those that want to join the scheme and give back then please visit welcome2whitby.co.uk/join - lets make this weekend one not to be forgotten!
A large number of businesses will provide free accomodation, meals, drinks and even surfing lessons.
It is due to take place on Friday 2nd October and Saturday 3rd October, but can be rescheduled if the lockdown remains in place.
As of yesterday (Thursday 23rd April), 86 businesses have signed up, which will provide around 100 rooms, and 26 bars and restaurants will provide the food and drinks.
The event has been organised by the newly-formed Whitby Hospitality Group and Andy Brown, who is from there, said:"The idea came from my wife and she thought in spite of the obvious financial hardship of the various sort of hospitality businesses in the town, wouldn't it be fantastic if the town could come together and say a big thank you to the NHS workers, and their families, in harms way.
She just thought 'wouln't be fantastic if we say let's give them a free weekend to say thank you?'" Andy added:
"We have all been hit very hard by the lockdown, which we think may well result in significant financial damage to the businesses in the town.However, we all felt that even though we are only offering a little, it's all we have and we wanted to something tangible to say thank you to the people who are literally putting themselves on the line for us.We hope that as time progresses the whole of Whitby will get behind this plan and provide our NHS friends with a weeend that they will always remember.
We also hope that the people who live in the town will go out on that weekend and buy their NHS friends a drink, or two.
We encourage guest houses, hotels, pubs and restaurants to join the scheme by visiting the new website welcome2whitby.co.uk."
Applications/nominations will close on 31st July 2020 and successful applicants/nominees will be contacted with further details regarding the offer and how to make the booking with their chosen accommodation.
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ZACHSP825/04/2020 01:15

Nice to see they are doing stuff for NHS but all these companies seem to …Nice to see they are doing stuff for NHS but all these companies seem to forget about the non NHS care workers who work just as hard but don't get any thank you from the companies.F1 Auto Centre are only big company what have noticed the non NHS care workers.


My mrs and I are nurses, she is working on intensive care at the moment, I would feel too guilty taking this deal considering all of these people hosting us will have likely have had such a hard time financially this year anyway, I would feel obliged to pay them in full . Back to my point though I agree with what you are saying ZACHSP8, it is the likes of cashiers at supermarkets on near minimum wage, dealing with 100s of customers per day or the bin men touching 1000s of bins per day I feel sorry for (I always wipe my bin now as if you think of the amount of bins they touch each day the chance for cross contamination must be high surely).
Edited by: "petermcgregor14" 25th Apr
Nice to see they are doing stuff for NHS but all these companies seem to forget about the non NHS care workers who work just as hard but don't get any thank you from the companies.

F1 Auto Centre are only big company what have noticed the non NHS care workers.
ryan198524/04/2020 21:02

Bravo Whitby! I've nominated my sister who is a nurse on the covid ward at …Bravo Whitby! I've nominated my sister who is a nurse on the covid ward at Rotherham Hospital. Fingers crossed.


My boss sadly passed away from Cancer early last week - he was a Rotherham boy born and bred. He was treated at the Northern General for the cancer. The Cancer created a complication of a blood clot on his lung and he was moved to Rotherham Hospital to be treated for the very serious respiratory issues this created. He was buried yesterday and at the funeral his widow praised the care he had recieved at both hospitals in his final days and wished to thank all the nurses for his the excellent support he and his family all recieved. The nurses and staff at Rotherham hospital got him to a level so that he could go home and spend his final 3 days with his family under the care of the Rotherham Hospice - this was incredibly important to them after his terminal diagnosis and he passed peaecfully at home with his family at his side. Thanks to all Nurses, there job is a calling - and they are invaluable to society at all times, its just at times like this we notice that fact more. Love to all NHS workers.
This is good! I, I was supposed to be in Iceland this week, but I've been working on Covid Wards instead; doing 11.5hour shifts. This would be a nice treat to look forward to 🤞 (ward based pharmacist)
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Edited by: "yoshiiiii" 24th Apr
What an amazing gesture from Whitby. The NHS staff deserve it
Well done Whitby well done to you too mate for Finding this and posting
that's if we are out of lockdown by then
kobrakaan124/04/2020 19:44

that's if we are out of lockdown by then



As per the OP:-
"It is due to take place on Friday 2nd October and Saturday 3rd October, but can be rescheduled if the lockdown remains in place."
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside
I might join them
Nice
This is a wonderful thing that Whitby are doing.
Bravo Whitby! I've nominated my sister who is a nurse on the covid ward at Rotherham Hospital. Fingers crossed.
Nice one, it would be great just to get away, relax, have a few drinks, in the morning nice breakfast then back home feeling refreshed.
Edited by: "luke.o.zade" 24th Apr
Superb stuff 👏
This is good! I, I was supposed to be in Iceland this week, but I've been working on Covid Wards instead; doing 11.5hour shifts. This would be a nice treat to look forward to 🤞 (ward based pharmacist)
Nice to see they are doing stuff for NHS but all these companies seem to forget about the non NHS care workers who work just as hard but don't get any thank you from the companies.

F1 Auto Centre are only big company what have noticed the non NHS care workers.
some cracking fish and chips to be had in Whiby.
teame.trevski25/04/2020 02:58

some cracking fish and chips to be had in Whiby.


Avoid the Magpie, well over rated. Silver street fisheries the best
Is this a competition or if people sign up, are they guaranteed a free night? I know a few people who live relatively close and are front line staff, but I don't want to send them links to a competition!
ryan198524/04/2020 21:02

Bravo Whitby! I've nominated my sister who is a nurse on the covid ward at …Bravo Whitby! I've nominated my sister who is a nurse on the covid ward at Rotherham Hospital. Fingers crossed.


My boss sadly passed away from Cancer early last week - he was a Rotherham boy born and bred. He was treated at the Northern General for the cancer. The Cancer created a complication of a blood clot on his lung and he was moved to Rotherham Hospital to be treated for the very serious respiratory issues this created. He was buried yesterday and at the funeral his widow praised the care he had recieved at both hospitals in his final days and wished to thank all the nurses for his the excellent support he and his family all recieved. The nurses and staff at Rotherham hospital got him to a level so that he could go home and spend his final 3 days with his family under the care of the Rotherham Hospice - this was incredibly important to them after his terminal diagnosis and he passed peaecfully at home with his family at his side. Thanks to all Nurses, there job is a calling - and they are invaluable to society at all times, its just at times like this we notice that fact more. Love to all NHS workers.
DRrob25/04/2020 06:47

Avoid the Magpie, well over rated. Silver street fisheries the best


I wouldn't go to the Magpie just for fish and chips (many places cater for that), but they do some other amazing seafood dishes. Silver street is good for a takeaway or if you are happy to sit on picnic tables outside, but for a sit down meal Hadleys is very good. My first ever job at 14 getting £2.50 an hour was at Trenchers so I do have a soft spot for their also. Lovely place to visit Whitby, but unless your family is recorded in the Domesday book as having lived in Whitby you won't be considered a local :p.
Just wanted to let you know that it is only for

‘If you have been working on a Covid-19 ward or in ICU’ , so please don’t abuse that.
ZACHSP825/04/2020 01:15

Nice to see they are doing stuff for NHS but all these companies seem to …Nice to see they are doing stuff for NHS but all these companies seem to forget about the non NHS care workers who work just as hard but don't get any thank you from the companies.F1 Auto Centre are only big company what have noticed the non NHS care workers.


My mrs and I are nurses, she is working on intensive care at the moment, I would feel too guilty taking this deal considering all of these people hosting us will have likely have had such a hard time financially this year anyway, I would feel obliged to pay them in full . Back to my point though I agree with what you are saying ZACHSP8, it is the likes of cashiers at supermarkets on near minimum wage, dealing with 100s of customers per day or the bin men touching 1000s of bins per day I feel sorry for (I always wipe my bin now as if you think of the amount of bins they touch each day the chance for cross contamination must be high surely).
Edited by: "petermcgregor14" 25th Apr
Just staff or partners too? Not much point if they have to go on their own
While I think it’s a nice gesture, it’s actually a bad idea.

All those NHS staff, crammed in to one small area at a time when the virus will still be around.

We may or may not be out of some form of lockdown by then, but the virus will be here for a long time after. Putting large numbers of our healthcare workers in one spot will risk the people of the area as well as the healthcare workers.

This could be a horrendous breeding ground for the virus to build up again.
petermcgregor1425/04/2020 10:18

My mrs and I are nurses, she is working on intensive care at the moment, I …My mrs and I are nurses, she is working on intensive care at the moment, I would feel too guilty taking this deal considering all of these people hosting us will have likely have had such a hard time financially this year anyway, I would feel obliged to pay them in full . Back to my point though I agree with what you are saying ZACHSP8, it is the likes of cashiers at supermarkets on near minimum wage, dealing with 100s of customers per day or the bin men touching 1000s of bins per day I feel sorry for (I always wipe my bin now as if you think of the amount of bins they touch each day the chance for cross contamination must be high surely).


You also have the care workers who work in old people's home looking aflter elderly day in day out and get no credit and they are even looking after some of the NHS workers parents, if it wasn't for people like that some NHS workers wouldn't be able to work because they would be at home looking after their parents.

It just seems if you don't work for NHS or one of the emergency services your not important.
Edited by: "ZACHSP8" 25th Apr
Thank you. I've nominated my sister in law who is on a covid ward.
MrSmallBear25/04/2020 11:01

While I think it’s a nice gesture, it’s actually a bad idea. All those NHS …While I think it’s a nice gesture, it’s actually a bad idea. All those NHS staff, crammed in to one small area at a time when the virus will still be around. We may or may not be out of some form of lockdown by then, but the virus will be here for a long time after. Putting large numbers of our healthcare workers in one spot will risk the people of the area as well as the healthcare workers. This could be a horrendous breeding ground for the virus to build up again.


Agreed on this point
once everyone’s vaccinated then fair game until then risk factors involved!
like loosing the lockdown before a vaccine is just madness and will give us a second wave
especially if these nhs workers using this offer work in different hospitals.....
Edited by: "doppo666" 25th Apr
ZACHSP825/04/2020 11:06

You also have the care workers who work in old people's home looking …You also have the care workers who work in old people's home looking aflter elderly day in day out and get no credit and they are even looking after some of the NHS workers parents, if it wasn't for people like that some NHS workers wouldn't be able to work because they would be at home looking after their parents.It just seems if you don't work for NHS or one of the emergency services your not important.


Yeah I’m a carer for elderly people, we haven’t been tested any of us yet to see if have it and could pass it on to them!

Nhs are good in a way, I deal with them a lot they make silly mistakes I know of a care home that got sent back two residents they weren’t tested before returning to a 60 bed care home then not even a week later started displaying symptoms, there not interested in keeping elderly people in hospital at all with covid if there from a care home there send them straight back so we have a duty of care not them, causing a outbreak through the home in the process.

they rushed a guy I cared for seven years, out the hospital as they needed the bed back, he was in and out of hospital because of them rushing him out of hospital he passed away mid 40s sepsis at home he just needed abit more time to heal

ambulance staff come in to my care home not wearing masks and a few them coughing... maybe nothing but who knows atm, ambulance staff are usually pretty arrogant and rude as well normal public don’t see this side of nhs
Edited by: "doppo666" 25th Apr
petermcgregor1425/04/2020 10:18

My mrs and I are nurses, she is working on intensive care at the moment, I …My mrs and I are nurses, she is working on intensive care at the moment, I would feel too guilty taking this deal considering all of these people hosting us will have likely have had such a hard time financially this year anyway, I would feel obliged to pay them in full . Back to my point though I agree with what you are saying ZACHSP8, it is the likes of cashiers at supermarkets on near minimum wage, dealing with 100s of customers per day or the bin men touching 1000s of bins per day I feel sorry for (I always wipe my bin now as if you think of the amount of bins they touch each day the chance for cross contamination must be high surely).


The likes of you and your wife are the true heroes thinking of other people who are also in danger with no recognition both of you need to be proud of yourselves. True heros and I know I have probably embarrassed you by my comment. I hope you and your wife stay safe.
Sounds like another pr stunt.
I'm sure Yorkshire in October is lovely.
doppo66625/04/2020 11:23

Yeah I’m a carer for elderly people, we haven’t been tested any of us yet t …Yeah I’m a carer for elderly people, we haven’t been tested any of us yet to see if have it and could pass it on to them! Nhs are good in a way, I deal with them a lot they make silly mistakes I know of a care home that got sent back two residents they weren’t tested before returning to a 60 bed care home then not even a week later started displaying symptoms, there not interested in keeping elderly people in hospital at all with covid if there from a care home there send them straight back so we have a duty of care not them, causing a outbreak through the home in the process.they rushed a guy I cared for seven years, out the hospital as they needed the bed back, he was in and out of hospital because of them rushing him out of hospital he passed away mid 40s sepsis at home he just needed abit more time to heal ambulance staff come in to my care home not wearing masks and a few them coughing... maybe nothing but who knows atm, ambulance staff are usually pretty arrogant and rude as well normal public don’t see this side of nhs


I agree. Got a relative who work 6 days a week in care home and are scared to bring in new residents. A home just a few mliles aways was overwhelmed thanks to COVID.

On top of that they were asked to take in some of the COVID patients and refused because if they had agreed their home would have been devasted in days.

They also stopped bringing in Agency since there's a chance some of them worked at a home that has COVID.
ZACHSP825/04/2020 11:06

You also have the care workers who work in old people's home looking …You also have the care workers who work in old people's home looking aflter elderly day in day out and get no credit and they are even looking after some of the NHS workers parents, if it wasn't for people like that some NHS workers wouldn't be able to work because they would be at home looking after their parents.It just seems if you don't work for NHS or one of the emergency services your not important.


True, I think a lot of that is down to if u don't work for the NHS and work in a care home, it's very easy to fake that u work in a care home and that is why i think businesses avoid offering carers the same benefits because it would just end up being a free for all. The NHS email address provides reasonable security against offers from businesses being exploited by everyone and that's why I think the benefits are just for the NHS at present. Not that that makes it fair or right as like you say there are many others on the frontline who deserve the appreciation also.
royy25/04/2020 11:47

The likes of you and your wife are the true heroes thinking of other …The likes of you and your wife are the true heroes thinking of other people who are also in danger with no recognition both of you need to be proud of yourselves. True heros and I know I have probably embarrassed you by my comment. I hope you and your wife stay safe.


Thanks Royy, very kind of you to say. I work for a private company now (worked on icu previously) as when we had 2 kids shift work for both of us just wasn't working out, I do miss working for the NHS though as you train to be a nurse to help people which I miss doing! However needs must until the kids are a little older. I'm very proud of my Mrs though as she is finding it all quite stressful but is battling on!
evosquest25/04/2020 12:20

I agree. Got a relative who work 6 days a week in care home and are scared …I agree. Got a relative who work 6 days a week in care home and are scared to bring in new residents. A home just a few mliles aways was overwhelmed thanks to COVID.On top of that they were asked to take in some of the COVID patients and refused because if they had agreed their home would have been devasted in days. They also stopped bringing in Agency since there's a chance some of them worked at a home that has COVID.


It’s hard for everyone! But that’s what they have built these nightingale units for it’s like a death sentence to a care home they know this, so why they are even asking care homes is against the duty of care surely and everything a care home and nhs stand for to protect the care of all individuals in there care at that time than passing the buck.

yeah they stopped agency care as well! I bought a face visor from eBay and some safety glasses so can carry on working n I got type 1 diabetes, I couldn’t stay at home would be sleeping most the day

hope your relatives home doesn’t have a out break
Edited by: "doppo666" 25th Apr
ZACHSP825/04/2020 01:15

Nice to see they are doing stuff for NHS but all these companies seem to …Nice to see they are doing stuff for NHS but all these companies seem to forget about the non NHS care workers who work just as hard but don't get any thank you from the companies.F1 Auto Centre are only big company what have noticed the non NHS care workers.


Spot on mate.
doppo66625/04/2020 11:23

Yeah I’m a carer for elderly people, we haven’t been tested any of us yet t …Yeah I’m a carer for elderly people, we haven’t been tested any of us yet to see if have it and could pass it on to them! Nhs are good in a way, I deal with them a lot they make silly mistakes I know of a care home that got sent back two residents they weren’t tested before returning to a 60 bed care home then not even a week later started displaying symptoms, there not interested in keeping elderly people in hospital at all with covid if there from a care home there send them straight back so we have a duty of care not them, causing a outbreak through the home in the process.they rushed a guy I cared for seven years, out the hospital as they needed the bed back, he was in and out of hospital because of them rushing him out of hospital he passed away mid 40s sepsis at home he just needed abit more time to heal ambulance staff come in to my care home not wearing masks and a few them coughing... maybe nothing but who knows atm, ambulance staff are usually pretty arrogant and rude as well normal public don’t see this side of nhs


Crikey, how rude. I can’t believe you made such a sweeping statement of paramedics. “Usually pretty arrogant and rude” I can’t believe what you’re saying. Who are you to say that? I respect your role as a carer for elderly people, but for balance, I’ve seen terrible treatment of the elderly over the years within the NHS. Quite often I’ll have a conversation with them after about the treatment they provided. Unfortunately seems to fall on deaf ears and it’s a means to an end. It’s a vocation, not a job. But unfortunately generally quite low skill and for the demand, not often get the correct candidates.
Pootled25/04/2020 12:01

Sounds like another pr stunt.I'm sure Yorkshire in October is lovely.


Thankfully PR stunts like this are acceptable because at the end, people who deserve a treat are still receiving said treat. I guess everyone has to make money in order to be able to offer such treats.
SamCarvalho25/04/2020 15:12

Thankfully PR stunts like this are acceptable because at the end, people …Thankfully PR stunts like this are acceptable because at the end, people who deserve a treat are still receiving said treat. I guess everyone has to make money in order to be able to offer such treats.


A wet weekend in the wind and rain.
Not much of a treat.
petermcgregor1425/04/2020 12:26

True, I think a lot of that is down to if u don't work for the NHS and …True, I think a lot of that is down to if u don't work for the NHS and work in a care home, it's very easy to fake that u work in a care home and that is why i think businesses avoid offering carers the same benefits because it would just end up being a free for all. The NHS email address provides reasonable security against offers from businesses being exploited by everyone and that's why I think the benefits are just for the NHS at present. Not that that makes it fair or right as like you say there are many others on the frontline who deserve the appreciation also.


More likely that the offers arent going to be used by many people if they restrict it to certain NHS email holders.
Free positive publicity.
Pootled25/04/2020 15:29

More likely that the offers arent going to be used by many people if they …More likely that the offers arent going to be used by many people if they restrict it to certain NHS email holders. Free positive publicity.


Pretty sure NHS is the biggest employer in the UK. No companies have to do anything and when they do people moan about it. I don't work for the NHS but am still a nurse and I'm not entitled to any of the benefits either, but it's good for the people who are working hard in the NHS.
Companies can't win with some people, moan if they do nothing, moan of they off discounts. A Little more positivity wouldn't hurt people.
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