A big-hearted Hamilton pub, who say they are unsure whether they will be able to beat the coronavirus and open up again to the public, have made a huge gesture to the town’s community.

The popular Junkyard bar, in Chapel Street, closed its doors four weeks ago, a week before they were told to officially close by the Government.

They felt it better to protect their staff and took a pro-active approach before being told to close.

As they entered into their third week of closure, they launched an appeal to help feed Hamilton’s local heroes.

The pub posted on Facebook: “Here at Junkyard, we are now entering our third week of COVID-19 isolation and we are doing our best to maintain the guidelines set by the Government – our staff are still getting paid (the majority of our direct debits have been cancelled to enable us to continue this).

“As it stands, we are unsure whether we will come out the other side of this.

“ We are in a situation that is shared by many, but it is not sympathy we are after. Rather than just fizzle out, we would rather go out with a bang, upholding our reputation for always supporting Hamilton and the community spirit we all share.

Award-winning Junkyard staff, pictured before the lockdown.

“We have noticed many companies offering discount, freebies and support to our wonderful NHS front line staff recently, particularly in hospitals. In Hamilton, we do not have any major hospitals but we do have numerous care homes, caring for our elderly and most vulnerable people.

“The service provided by these care heroes is essential to keeping the elderly and vulnerable in our community comfortable, especially during these times of hardship.

“Most of these institutions are working a minimum of twelve-hour shifts, dealing with staff shortages, dealing with the lack of provisions and PPE.

“Some care homes cater for staff by giving them subsidised meals during their shifts – but sadly, staff has been sacrificing these recently because of the drop in provisions.

“It is our intention to re-open our kitchen from Monday onwards to feed the staff of six local Hamilton care homes providing them with hot/cold snacks, soups, food to grab quickly on shift during breaks – or even a meal they can take home for after their shift when it’s too late to cook, shelves are empty and takeaways closed. We intend to do this on a daily basis until the crisis is over.

“We wish we could fund this solely ourselves – but we need your help. We intend to help fund this through this crowdfunding page. We are not asking for large donations – only what people can afford at the moment and every amount will help.

“No funds will come to our establishment whatsoever; only to buy ingredients to cook for feeding the staff. If at the end there is a surplus of cash, money will be divided between the institutions for them to use as they need most.”

Those wanting to donate can visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/FeedHamiltonsHeroes

Since making their appeal more than £3000 has been donated, giving the pub the opportunity to offer food to those key workers.

This week they thanked all those who have helped them to deliver to several care home and pharmacies.

They posted on Facebook: “Delivered to six of our local care homes and pharmacies for the staff to ensure they are eating hot meals whilst working long shifts. Thanks again to Cakes, Bakes and Crumbs for the delicious soup rolls and Amoreish Casual Dining for the pasta and soup. If your business wishes to get involved with our initiative and help cater for the heroes, drop us a message, the more the better!”