Coronavirus: Peterhead chairman Rodger Morrison donates rooms to NHS staff

Peterhead chairman Rodger Morrison is playing his part in helping NHS staff at the frontline of the fight against coronavirus.

By Ian MacLean
Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 9:22 am
Updated Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 9:29 am
Staff at Aberdeeen Royal Infirmary are being provided with accommodation by Peterhead chairman Rodger Morrison
Staff at Aberdeeen Royal Infirmary are being provided with accommodation by Peterhead chairman Rodger Morrison

The Blue Toon chief has followed the example of ex-Manchester United and England star Gary Neville in donating accommodation for them to rest in between shifts.

Neville turned over his Hotel Football and Stock Exchange Hotel to those involved directly in fighting the virus and now Morrison has done the same by providing rooms free of charge at the Cock and Bull Restaurant in Balmedie.

He told the club website that the move would help those travelling to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary to work on the Coronavirus epidemic.

The Restaurant has five rooms that are normally used on a Bed and Breakfast basis and they have been given them over to NHS staff to help them rest in-between lengthy shifts.

The Balmoor Chief told peterheadfc.com: “We were made aware of NHS staff travelling into the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary from Aberdeenshire including some from Macduff.

"They were looking for somewhere to rest their heads in-between what was sometimes double shifts as opposed to making a long journey home and back in to work. We got in touch and offered them a place at the Cock and Bull.

“Our restaurant is closed just now so it is a difficult time for everyone but the NHS people at the ARI are on the front-line and doing tremendous work for everyone.

"If this can help them in some way, I would be delighted.”