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Highland businesswoman who runs Loch Ness Lettings and organised the Big Break Giveaway for NHS campaign during the coronavirus lockdown gets recognition from Prime Minister Boris Johnson


By Ian Duncan

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Janet Turnbull.
Janet Turnbull.

Janet Turnbull who organised a campaign during the Covid-19 outbreak giving away breaks for NHS key workers has been sent a letter of recognition from the Prime Minister.

She runs Loch Ness Lettings and was inspired by the weekly Clap For Our Carers initiative – she wanted to offer something back and do something to support their wellbeing.

So far the campaign has seen more than 60 properties secured for holidays for NHS staff in Scotland, including a 7 night stay in her own Tenerife home.

In a personal letter to Ms Turnbull, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I was inspired to hear how you have reimagined your lettings business to give restorative breaks to the extraordinary men and women of our wonderful NHS.

“From the shores of Loch Ness to the beaches of Tenerife, the holidays you and others have donated are a fantastic way of caring for those who have cared so deeply for us.

“So I am delighted to be able to recognise your kindness and generosity by naming you as the UK’s 1432nd Point of Light.”

Ms Turnbull said: “I am delighted to be recognised for the work involved but it would be very remiss of me not to acknowledge the generosity of all the prize providers. (67 individuals throughout Scotland providing 73 free breaks) and the support of Isabel Lewis who has been working alongside me.

“Entrants to the giveaway have to comment YAS, standing for You’re a Star, as their way of thanking individuals for their donation, so to be given a Points of Light award is the icing on the cake for everyone involved. I am proud to receive the award which I will share with all our stars.”

The Big Break Giveaway for NHS runs until Thursday and to find out more visit here.

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