April 29, 2020 @ 9:53 by Richard Dawson
Newcastle-based estate agent Bricks & Mortar has launched a new scheme to provide free accommodation to frontline NHS workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Responding to news that many workers find themselves unable to go home for fear of spreading the virus, Bricks & Mortar is stepping up to help accommodate these key workers.
The new scheme is designed to provides free, quality accommodation for NHS key workers who need somewhere to stay while they help to combat the disease.
Many NHS workers have said they do not feel comfortable returning home due to increased risk of them carrying the virus. This is particularly a problem for those who have vulnerable relatives living with them.
Bricks & Mortar are hoping to provide a ‘home from home’ where NHS workers can feel safe and be in close proximity to their workplace.
The company has a range of empty properties, which are available to key workers. Rather than renting a room in a hotel or an apartment for however long the pandemic lasts, NHS workers can make use of these empty properties free of charge.
Stuart Nickloes, managing director at Bricks & Mortar, said: “We’re a community focused agency and we’re committed to supporting our NHS heroes.
“Working alongside our landlords, we wanted to ensure as many of our NHS key workers as possible have the chance to get a good night’s sleep and relax in between their critical care in a safe, comfortable and conveniently-located place to call home after their shifts.
“All of us are fighting this together and we wanted to be able to give something back to those fighting on the frontline. We can’t thank them enough for their efforts and even if we can play a small part in easing their struggles by providing a free place to stay, we hope this scheme can help.
“Any NHS key worker who wants to find out more, and benefit from this scheme, should get in touch and we’ll do all we can to find a safe, conveniently located and free place to stay.”
Bricks & Mortar are also calling for property owners across North East who have a furnished flat, house or block of flats available to join with them and get involved.