Former footballers and property entrepreneurs Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have opened their two luxury hotels in Manchester free of charge to frontline NHS staff during the crisis. In a statement from Gary Neville on 18 March “Updating you on news from GG Hospitality and Hotel Football and the Stock Exchange, we’ll be closing both our hotels from this Sunday.
“It’s been a difficult time for the whole of the hospitality industry, but the most important thing is the health of our staff and guests. Secondly, our staff and team members will all retain their jobs, and nobody will be asked to take any unpaid leave. We have also been in consultation with the health services, particularly the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, and our 176 beds will be occupied by NHS workers and medical professionals from 27 March onwards. Our staff will operate the hotels as normal, free of charge.”
Since opening the hotels to NHS staff the two sites have enjoyed donations of food, drinks, necessities and services from dozens of suppliers and local businesses free of charge supporting the NHS workers.