Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich makes classy coronavirus gesture to help NHS staff

Chelsea have offered up their Millennium Hotel at Stamford Bridge to NHS staff to fight the battle against the coronavirus. Chelsea today confirmed the NHS had accepted the club’s offer, which was put forward by owner Roman Abramovich, for the staff to use the hotel as they continue to fight against the pandemic.

Chelsea owner Abramovich will cover the cost for the accommodation, which will be offered to staff for two months and is expected to help staff recover in London rather than commuting to their hospitals.

The country, and the world, continue to fight against the virus which has taken over 8,000 lives worldwide.

“Chelsea Football Club is joining the medical response to the coronavirus outbreak in London with the news the National Health Service (NHS) has accepted the Club’s offer to make the Millennium Hotel at Stamford Bridge available for NHS staff,” a statement read.

“The initiative came from club owner Roman Abramovich and, after contact with the NHS was made by Chairman Bruce Buck, it was decided the best way Chelsea can assist the NHS is to provide accommodation for NHS staff. Mr Abramovich will be covering the costs of providing the accommodation.

“Many of the medical staff will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes. Local accommodation helps maintain the health and well-being of these crucial personnel at this critical time.

“This will be for a two-month period, and then reconsidered in light of circumstances at the time. NHS staff will be those working in hospitals in the North-West London region, but that may extend to hospitals in other districts.

“The number of rooms utilised will depend on demand but potentially all the rooms in the Millennium Hotel could be given over for this purpose. No staff showing symptoms will use the hotel.

“Millennium Hotels and Resorts, who manage the hotel, are supportive and assisting the club in providing this service to the NHS.”

London has become a hub for the coronavirus with many in the city now working from home to help stop the spread.

There have been 71 deaths in the UK so far with many more expected in the coming weeks and months.

Boris Johnson has called on people to avoid pubs, restaurants and the theatre and has asked people to work from home where possible.

“However tough the months ahead we have the resolve and the resources to win the fight,” the Prime Minister tweeted this morning.

“And, to repeat, this government will do whatever it takes.”

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