23 December 2015 – Christmas Day Generosity For Emergency Staff In Cumbria

The floods in Cumbria have failed to dampen the generosity of a pub in Whitehaven who are opening their festive doors to emergency staff responding to incidents on Christmas Day.

Despite not being open to the public, Sunny Hill pub in Whitehaven, for the second year running, will put emergency staff at the top of their Christmas list by cooking free meals for local ambulance crews working on 25 December.

Local North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) crews have been responding to a range of highly challenging incidents across Cumbria following the recent flooding and Christmas is one of the Service’s busiest days. With that in mind, Sunny Hill owners Dawn and Adrian McNicholas, along with their chef Scott Smith, are cooking lunches for their local ambulance crews before they spend time with their own families.

NWAS Senior Paramedic Chris Hufton, who has been working through the challenges in Cumbria caused by the flooding, said: “It’s such a generous deed by Sunny Hill to provide meals for our staff on Christmas Day, especially when they are closed to the public. Our staff work day and night to provide emergency care for the public and many don’t get to spend Christmas Day with their families so gestures like this mean so much.

“The recent flooding has been devastating for local communities and has seen our staff working beyond their finishing times in order to respond to many tough scenarios. A huge thank you to Sunny Hill and to their staff – their kindness really shows these floods aren’t going to destroy our sprits over Christmas. I can’t wait to tuck into their delicious food on Christmas Day!”

Dawn McNicholas said: “With all the extra pressure our fantastic ambulance crews have been under with the floods, I thought it would be good to make sure they had a nice hot meal on Christmas Day. It’s the second year we’ve done it and our chef cooks a lovely carvery for them to pick up. I want all ambulance staff to know all the great work they do is much appreciated and hope they all have a great Christmas.” 

This December NWAS launched a social media campaign using the hashtag #MakeTheRightCall to encourage people to think twice before calling 999 and consider alternatives for minor illnesses and injuries. With all the difficulties the floods in Cumbria are causing please #MakeTheRightCall this festive period.