Brother and sister make their property available to NHS staff with vulnerable family members for just £1 amid surge in coronavirus cases in Wales
- Siblings Rachel and Rhydian James have offered up their flat in Newport, Gwent
- They said that NHS staff with vulnerable family can use it during COVID-19 surge
- The generous offer comes shortly after cases in Gwent were said to ‘mirror those in Italy’
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A brother and sister in Wales have made their rental property available for NHS staff with vulnerable family members for a token fee of £1.
Siblings Rachel and Rhydian James offered up their property, which is ‘walking distance’ to two hospitals in Newport, Gwent, to NHS staff who may have vulnerable family who they don’t want to risk infecting when they return home after a shift.
Medical personnel are working around the clock in Gwent, where cases are said to ‘mirror those in Italy’ after a huge spike in infections made the Welsh region the UK’s worst hotspot after London.
Pictured: The kitchen of the flat, given to two NHS nurses working at a hospital hard-hit by the coronavirus in Newport, Gwent
Pictured: The living room in the Newport flat. NHS staff are working around the clock in Newport, Gwent – one of Britain’s worst hotspots for coronavirus cases
Siblings Rachel and Rhydian James (pictured) offered their rental property to staff at two nearby hospitals
The county has 358 confirmed coronavirus cases, which constitutes more than half of the 628 infections in the country.
This means it has the highest concentration of confirmed Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people outside London, The Times reported.
Rachel James said: ‘It is in brilliant condition and walking distance from St Woolos and the Royal Gwent Hospital.
‘If there is anyone working their a**e off for us all but has a vulnerable person living at home, it is yours for however long you need it during this nightmare.’
The pair’s offer was taken up by two local nurses who ‘have vulnerable family at home’.
Pictured: The pristine bathroom of the property, given for £1.00 to two NHS nurses working at hospitals hard-hit by the coronavirus in Newport, Gwent
Gwent has become the second-biggest coronavirus hotspot in the UK, second only to London
Pictured: The view from the garden of the property, given for £1.00 to two NHS nurses working at hospitals hard-hit by the coronavirus in Newport, Gwent
The token £1 charge is to cover for insurance and contracts paperwork.
The pair are now asking for help to furnish the property and have already been inundated with offers of support.
Rachel said: ‘We are struggling for certain items to make it as comfortable as possible for them.
Pictured: The shower in the rental property made available by Rachel and Rhydian James to two NHS nurses
‘If anyone could donate or lend a double bed frame, single bed frame, sofa or living room chairs, any chest of drawers or pop up wardrobes, we would be so very grateful.
‘We are more than happy to return these items to you and pick them up locally.’
Generous locals have offered to donate beds, cabinets and clothes rails to the cause.
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