Luxury holiday accommodation offered free to Scarborough NHS staff during coronavirus outbreak

A mother-and-daughter team are offering their luxury holiday accommodation free of charge to Scarborough NHS staff who are concerned about infecting members of their family with coronavirus.

Molly and Joan Coombs run holiday home firm Grand Get-Togethers but have had to cancel all bookings for their beautiful houses in Sherburn because of the pandemic.

Desperate to help in anyway with the NHS’s fight against the disease, they are urging NHS staff who need somewhere to stay to get in touch.

“We just wanted to do our bit,” said Molly.

The holiday accommodation.

“Our accommodation is empty at the moment. It was meant to be our busiest April on record and it is heartbreaking that it won’t be but we wanted to do something to help.”

They have contacted York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust about their gesture and already had several rooms allocated to staff who are concerned about putting vulnerable members of their family at risk through their contact with coronavirus patients, including some from Scarborough.

Molly said one couple who plan to stay are a doctor from Scarborough and a paramedic who have recently come back from living in Australia.

They had planned to live with one of their mothers while they looked for a home here but she is asthmatic and they are concerned they could pass the virus on to her.

Molly and Joan Coombs.

“It’s taken our minds off things, being able to help,” said Molly.

“We’re not nurses or doctors but this is a way that we can help.”

She said there is still plenty of space in Grand Get-Togethers’s The Yard - a property with six ensuite bedrooms.

Anyone who is interested can contact Molly at [email protected] or call 07854 818532.

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