Popular Cornwall holiday park opens up to NHS heroes

No holiday visitors allowed, but Hendra says its holiday caravans are ideal for self-isolating NHS workers

HENDRA HOLIDAY PARK in Newquay is reaching out to NHS front-line staff with the offer of self-contained accommodation during the coronavirus outbreak.

The family-owned park was among businesses shown to be taking positive action to help beat the crisis in a recent Sky News television report.

Sky reporter Dan Whitehead was filmed visiting empty beaches, deserted holiday towns, and community playgrounds without a single child in sight.

Flashback to before the crisis: Hendra director Jon Hyatt (left) and park manager Chris North with the AA park of the year trophy

Normally, he said, Cornwall’s population at the start of the holiday season would be up by about one third – but it’s now a very different story.

If the present tourist shut-down lasted until the end of the season, said a Visit Cornwall spokesman, it could see a loss of £1.2 billion of revenue for the county.

But the news wasn’t all negative, and Dan took his camera crew along to Hendra Holiday Park to find out how it has been responding to the pandemic.

The park, said Dan, was making its holiday caravans available to key NHS staff who needed to self-isolate or find somewhere to stay closer to where they worked.

Hendra was also one of the first holiday parks to sign up to the Stays for Heroes initiative, launched by bookings software firm Eviivo to help accommodate health workers.

Hendra director Jon Hyatt said the family-run park, which first started welcoming guests in 1972, was keen to help in any way it could:

“We have always been proud to be able to play a role in the community here, both as a major employer and in helping to support local organisations and charities,” he said.

“It’s been very sad in recent weeks to have to look out across a silent park which would normally be bustling with holiday guests having a great time.

“But if Hendra can make a contribution on behalf of our fantastic NHS during this period, I know our staff and customers will be right behind us,” added Jon.

He said that the park had received many messages of support from regular visitors since the start of the lockdown, and was greatly looking forward to when re-opening was possible.

Earlier this spring, Hendra Holiday Park was named as Britain’s Holiday Centre of the Year by the AA in its latest annual Caravan and Camping Awards.

There is more information about Hendra on its website at www.hendra-holidays.com