Keepers Cottages thanks NHS workers with free holiday cottage stay

Phoebe Shipton  ·  23rd July 2020
NHS workers

Keepers Cottages thanks NHS workers with free holiday cottage stay on the Kent coast

Leading Kent holiday cottage agency, Keepers Cottages, has recognised the hard work and dedication of NHS workers during the Covid-19 pandemic, by offering three free stays in a holiday cottage on the Kent coast by way of a thank you.

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Competition on Facebook and Instagram to nominate an NHS worker

Keepers Cottages, based in the seaside town of Deal, launched a competition in April on Facebook and Instagram, in support of the nationwide #TreatOurNHS campaign, in which it asked followers to nominate someone they felt was worthy of the prize, along with an explanation why.

Director and owner, Camilla Shipton said “To be honest, we were absolutely overwhelmed with the response. So much so that we extended our prize of one cottage stay to three. Simply because there were so many worthy entries.”

Camilla added “Like so many of us during Covid, we have been hugely moved by the selfless dedication of all those working for the NHS. The way in which they have put themselves in the firing line of this terrible virus, by going to work each day whilst the rest of us stayed at home really inspired us to give something back, as a small way of saying thank you.”

3 winners given a free stay in a Keepers Cottage property in Deal

Winners of the giveaway were announced in May as Holly Breakwell, Matthew Rutter and Hazel McCarthy.

Holly Breakwell voted for her brother Michael Breakwell and sister in law Lucy Holmes, who both work in the NHS and didn’t get to see their little girl at all during the pandemic.

Matthew Rutter voted for his wife, Tracy who has worked as a midwife for 8 years at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. She had been doing an extra shift each fortnight due to Covid-19, as well as looking after her two children whilst they were not at school.

Hazel McCarthy voted for her boyfriend’s mum, Viv Epps, who is a GP practice manager. Viv had been going above and beyond for her patients and returned to work during the COVID 19 pandemic even though she had recently been off due to a brain haemorrhage. Viv also cares for her mother in law, who lives with them.

Giveaway cottages by the sea in Deal, Kent

The cottages selected for the giveaway are all based by the sea in Deal.

China Cottage Deal Kent

China Cottage is right in the heart of Deal’s Middle Street and just a stone’s throw from the beach.

Birdcage cottage Deal Kent

Birdcage Cottage, with its wonderful, quirky interior and signature ‘arsenic’ green colour palette, lies in the sought after conservation area.

6 Capstan Row Deal Kent

Whilst 6 Capstan Row is a lovely retreat for four, with easy access to the beach.

About Phoebe Shipton

Having studied Marketing at University of Manchester, Phoebe joined the family business in 2020 as Head of Marketing and Operations. Phoebe is focused on making Keepers Cottages stand out, as well as ensuring the bookings flood in!

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