Like all of the Best of British holiday parks, Hendra Holiday Park in Newquay is normally awash with visitors at this time of year, but with holidays on hold, Sky News took the opportunity to film at the park recently. Hendra was among the businesses shown to be taking positive action during the crisis in the specially extended feature. Sky News reporter Dan Whitehead took his camera crew along to Hendra to find out how it has been responding to the pandemic.
The 5 star family friendly holiday park in Newquay is making its holiday caravans available to key NHS staff who need to self isolate or find somewhere to stay closer to where they work. Hendra was one of the first holiday parks to sign up to the 'Stays for Heroes' initiative, to help accommodate health workers during this difficult time. 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. 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.
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. Jon and his team (and the children!) look forward to welcoming guests back to Newquay as soon as Government advice permits them to do so.
Hendra features on this Sky news feature from 4m 43s.