Friday, 20 March 2020

Former football star shows a social conscience

Sometimes it is nice to report some good news. 

Former Manchester United and England football player Gary Neville hit the headlines in Britain this week - for all the right reasons. 

Neville pledged not to make any staff redundant at the two hotels that he owns, which he will open to health workers free of charge during the coronavirus crisis.

Neville will close his two hotels to the public this weekend, freeing up 176 beds for National Health Service workers and other medical staff.

Neville, who co-owns the Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester city centre and Hotel Football at Old Trafford with former team-mate Ryan Giggs, said staff will all be retained and none will be asked to take unpaid leave.

In a public message, Neville said: "It is something we are delighted to have been able to come to an agreement with.

"It is at this moment in time that the whole of our industry needs to show solidarity, not just for our staff in these uncertain times, but for the people who need the accommodation most in the coming months.


"Our staff will operate the hotel as normal when health workers are allowed to stay there without any cost whatsoever when they need isolation away from family members who might be affected." 


Just as an aside, Neville's late father was the brilliantly named Neville Neville. 

Best Western Great Britain is also offering 15,000 hotel bedrooms and over 1,000 meeting rooms to help the NHS and local authorities through the coronavirus crisis. 

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