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Inverness campervan firm happy to help out city care home during Covid-19 coronavirus crisis


By Andrew Dixon

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Staff at Isobel Fraser care home are using the campervans during lockdown.
Staff at Isobel Fraser care home are using the campervans during lockdown.

A campervan has found a novel way of keeping carers safe during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Inverness-based hire company, Highland Auto Campers, provided three vans to the Isobel Fraser Care Home, for staff safe to use as accommodation whilst the facility is in lockdown.

Highland Auto Campers, which runs a fleet of vans normally hired out to holiday makers visiting the Scottish Highlands, was approached by the care home to provide accommodation to their key staff in the fight against the spread of Covid-19.

Owner Mark Jarratt said: “I have been impressed with way that local businesses in the Highlands – and in the wider community – have been pulling together during the current crisis. When Victoria Connolly (manager at the Isobel Fraser Care Home) approached us to help, we immediately agreed to assist in any way that we could.”

"The care home knew that they needed to take steps to keep both staff and residents virus-free and by providing accommodation for their staff on site, it will be able to minimise the risk of the infection reaching their residents.”

This latest move comes at a time when sadly, many care homes in Scotland and the UK have already seen higher than average cases affecting their vulnerable residents.

In the current situation that the UK finds itself in, everyone is doing their bit to stay safe. Mark added: “We are really impressed by the pro-active steps that Victoria and the management team at the care home have taken to protect their residents.”

“Their quick action is a great example of a company making the safety of the residents and staff a priority, and I hope that other companies in our position will be able to do similar in other parts of the country.”

Mark continued: “Whilst we are overwhelmed by the reactions we have had in recent days, the real heroes in this story are the care home staff, who are sacrificing time at home with their families and loved ones, to carry out their job. We just hope that the campers provide them somewhere warm and comfortable to stay whilst they are based on site for the next few weeks.”

“When the current situation is over, the campers will go back to their normal job of providing holiday makers with fun accommodation to travel across Scotland in, but in the meantime our campervans called Ruby, Oscar and Hector, are doing their bit to help!”

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