Norwich businessman giving free hotel rooms to NHS and food to homeless
PUBLISHED: 17:04 19 March 2020 | UPDATED: 19:26 19 March 2020
Jamie Honeywood Archant Norwich Norfolk
The owner of Oaklands Hotel and The Butcher Bhoy in Norwich is going the extra mile to help others by offering free rooms to NHS workers and food to the homeless.
Marcus Pearcey made the decision to temporarily close his Irish pub The Butcher Bhoy from Wednesday, after a final St Patrick’s Day party, as the coronavirus outbreak had left him with just a handful of customers.
However, he still wants to continue the work he does throughout the year to help the homeless, including giving away free drinks and sausage rolls, and make sure they are not left to fend for themselves.
From next week, he will open up the back entrance, accessible in Dove Street, and from 12pm to 5pm on Tuesday to Friday will provide food, hot drinks and other supplies, such as blankets and socks, and a hand sanitiser station.
He is also keeping two of his staff on full pay to help and has already received messages from local chefs, who work at other restaurants that have shut due to the virus, to help him.
Mr Pearcey said: “We want to give back to the community and now there are a lot less people in the city, the homeless are in an even worse situation and it is important we all work together.“
He is also offering free hotel rooms to NHS workers at his Oaklands Hotel in Thorpe St Andrew as he wants to make life easier for them through these challenging times.
Mr Pearcey added: “Occupancy has dropped like a sponge, so we have loads of rooms and it would be silly not to use them.
“Any NHS workers who want a bedroom can have it free of charge, whether they’ve worked a late shift or have a long drive home, they just need to message us on Facebook and show their NHS card when they come.”
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