After being taken in by this hotel, several guests began to clean the garden, the rooms, help out in the kitchen and even perform construction work.
During this COVID-19 pandemic, there are those who, unfortunately, find themselves in a more difficult situation than the rest of society. There are people who’ve had problems since before so, therefore, their conditions are even more critical. However, these individuals are also the ones who try to extend a helping hand.
That’s why the luxurious 60-room Fownes Hotel in Worcester, England has opened its doors to accommodate homeless people during this quarantine, after closing its doors to regular customers.
This hotel, whose rooms usually cost around $ 200 a night, sheltered around 45 rough sleepers while also providing them with free meals. They hope to keep up this solidarity action until they reopen their doors to customers. To do this, they’ve reduced their staff to just 11 employees, who’ve doubled their workload.
“We’re the only hotel in Worcester doing this. Everybody else closed their doors. My staff are very brave. They have gone above their job role, absolutely. It has brought us all closer together as a team,” hotel assistant manager Julie Merrick told Worcester News.
This is an exemplary way of acting and these beneficiaries are very grateful. However, some of them have wanted to show their gratitude in a special way. For Peter Swinbourne, this help saved his life.
“I have never slept in a double bed before. I’m happy here – this is a five-star hotel putting up homeless people,” he said. Meanwhile, others are grateful for the food they’ve provided them with.
“I have been well looked after. It has been excellent. The food is also excellent. I feel a lot healthier than when I came in,” said Terence Marriott.
For this reason, to express their gratitude, some of these beneficiaries have started to clean the hotel gardens, the rooms and even help out in the kitchen. Eddie Boult, a former bricklayer who was staying in Fownes, wanted to go a step further and began the construction of a new wall and patio.