Holiday park is forced to scrap free breaks for key worker heroes due to lockdown

The owner of a Cornwall holiday park has spoken of his "gut-wrenching dismay" at having to cancel more than 130 free holidays for lockdown heroes in November.

Patrick Langmaid of Mother Ivey's Bay in Padstow had pledged to give key workers the holidays as a"thank you" for their bravery and commitment during the continuing Covid crisis.

But with the second lockdown now on its way, the gifted stays are having to be put on ice.

Patrick said: "I am so desperately disappointed that we are having to cancel the free holidays that we had planned and were so looking forward to providing.

"We had hoped to be welcoming staff from the NHS, police, fire service, local foodbanks and care workers for their richly deserved breaks.

"Now, instead of preparing for their arrival, we are contacting them to let them know they can no longer come with their families and spend time with us."

Throughout November, 137 key workers from across the UK were to be welcomed at Mother Ivey's, and a further 21 in December at it's sister-park, Martha's Orchard in Constantine Bay.

Patrick added: "I am hoping that this lockdown ends on 2nd December so that we can still welcome the fantastic key workers who are booked to stay at Martha’s Orchard.

"I have great respect and admiration for those who have kept Britain going during these challenging times, and it's so sad that they are not going to be able to have the benefit of these holidays.

"Key workers need respite too, and their personal wellbeing seems to have been forgotten during the recent announcements."

A number of holiday parks had extended their season into November and December this year, thanks to the huge surge in popularity for staycations as a result of the pandemic.

But holiday parks are having to close their doors once again due to the UK lockdown, lasting until next month.

All of the Center Parcs sites are closing from November 5 until at least December 4, Butlins closed their parks yesterday until until December 3, and Haven is closing all of their parks in England and Wales until next year.

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