I'm a small business on the sunny Isle of Wight. I run a family business and we live here. We were closed down for the pandemic and I lost a lot of business due to this. We are seasonal and rely on summer trade to get us through.
As a family we have suffered tragedy. My 17 year old boy was beaten up 16 months ago and remains in hospital today with a traumatic brain injury. I have to split my time between visiting him each day on the mainland, parenting 2 young ones and run the business. My other teen helps with the hotel but needs to be a teen.
This pandemic is a concerning time for all and I saw a lot of nurses struggle to work when shielding families so I decided to offer up my hotel to all the staff who needed a safe place to stay and continue working to provide for their families. I do not charge for this and house them free of charge. I provide washing and cooking for them too.
I'm looking for help to keep paying the Bill's so I can keep a roof over our heads and the heads of all the staff here. With £4k outgoings a month, we are set to fall soon. The little help the government have given us will only last so long and limited not eligible for a CBILS. I'm not asking for much, just enough to be able to keep a roof over my head, the families and these e very special nurses. Once we are back open, I will offer free holidays to all donors. I'll pay it forward!
The global COVID-19 pandemic has created a very uncertain landscape for millions of British small businesses, which is going to make it very challenging for businesses to survive. Together we can help them.
Crowdfunder are offering up their platform to allow all UK small businesses to pre-sell their meals, events, hotel bookings etc. for cash now on a promise to redeem these at a later date.