The Foundation works with over 150 business supporters who either fundraise for the charity or make a donation. The businesses have been busy preparing to re-open safely at the start of July following Visit Britain guidelines.
Rothay Manor Country House Hotel is one of the finest luxury Lake District hotels in Ambleside the heart of the Lake District. Rothay Manor have been a business supporter since 2019.
Jenna Shail, Owner of Rothay Manor, explains how Covid has impacted the business but they have taken steps to open their doors safely.
How has lockdown affected you?
“It’s obviously been extremely difficult from a business point of view. To have no takings for 4 months is going to hit any business hard! We kept ourselves busy painting the entire outside of the hotel, including window frames…which turned out to be quite a big job!! But, the painting gave us a daily focus, which was great!”
Would you mind sharing your re-opening strategy?
“We carried out a full risk -assessment, all of our staff are certified in covid-19 knowledge, and we have implemented new procedures throughout the whole hotel. It’s been difficult for the business, as lots of new items have had to be purchased to ensure our covid-19 safety, but I think we are now through the worst of it, and getting back to a new normal!”
How important is looking after the Lake District now and in the future?
“So important, it has been heart-braking to see how many people dis-respected the area when lockdown was lifted. I’m a keen outdoor person, and appreciate the beauty of our area, and don’t like to see it spoilt by people’s laziness!!
Not only is the area important for my business, but also important to me personally, which is why we joined the Lake District Foundation…to try to do our bit!”
Would you like to share anything further about the impact on your business?
“From a personal point of view it was lovely to have the Lake District so peaceful, and we felt very privileged to live in such a beautiful place!”