Uber Is Offering Free Rides To NHS Staff Over Christmas

Guys, I don't know if you've noticed, but it's very nearly Christmas. For many of us, this means a break from work, too much food and a fist fight with your younger brother over Monopoly. But for thousands of hardworking NHS staff it's business as usual right through the festive period.

People don't stop getting sick just because it's Christmas and dedicated doctors, nurses, paramedics and numerous other members of staff will be working hard to make sure that those who need it get the best possible care - even though this often means they have a rubbish Christmas themselves.

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Deciding to give a little something back, taxi firm Uber is offering free or discounted rides to NHS staff who have to work over Christmas.

The firm has said it will give NHS workers up to £10 off two journeys to help them get to and from their shifts. The offer is available 11.59pm on Christmas Eve until 11.59pm Boxing Day. Meaning if the journey costs less than £10 it's free and if it's over they'll only pay the difference.

Tom Elvidge, Uber's UK Acting General Manager said that around 300,000 NHS staff will have to work over the festive period, when public transport services are reduced and many taxi firms increase their prices.

He said: "Thousands of NHS workers will be taking care of others over Christmas so we'd like to take care of their travel. Getting around can be tricky during the holidays so we hope this offer will help hard working NHS staff get to work and then back to their loved ones as quickly as possible."

People have praised the company for the offer on Twitter:

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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