Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon has praised luxury hotel Gleneagles for its new charitable scheme in support of healthcare workers .

The hotel is donating 365 free room nights to NHS Scotland healthcare workers each year for the next five years.

Gleneagles, which reopens on July 15, said it was working with Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland and NHS Scotland to distribute the complimentary bed and breakfast stays. These will be available from September 1.

Praising the initiative, Strugeon said: “This is an excellent initiative by Gleneagles to let our health and social care workforce know how valued they are, not only during this extremely trying time, but always.

“They have been working tirelessly on the front line of this pandemic since the beginning and will be fundamental in our fight to supress the virus going forward. I’m sure this generous gesture will inspire many others to show their support for our essential workers.”

Sharan Pasricha, chief executive of Ennismore which owns Gleneagles, said: “In our own small way, we wanted to reward Scottish NHS workers who have risked their lives for others every day through this pandemic.

“As most of us have observed the situation develop from the safety and comfort of our homes, NHS workers continue to battle this virus courageously and tirelessly on the frontline, enduring tremendous stress and spending time away from loved ones, not to mention the threat to their own lives. This scheme will give thousands of those individuals something to look forward to – a little bit of pampering and the chance to be the one on the receiving end of excellent care for a change.”