Teesside Hospice is offering jobs to former Thomas Cook staff.
Roles are available with the hospice and charity – and chief executive David Smith says he wants to hear from former employees of the collapsed holiday firm.
Now people are saying it’s a “great idea” and asking other firms if they have “any jobs for Thomas Cook employees?”
Shellshocked Teesside workers learned they had lost their jobs on Monday, alongside 9,000 others in the UK when the world’s oldest tour operator went bust after 160 years.
Teesside Hospice needs to fill fundraising and charity shop vacancies and says the experience gained by Thomas Cook staff could be valuable to them.
Mr Smith tweeted: “Any #ThomsCook folk looking for work in #Teesside, we’ve got a shop manager and a couple of fundraising manager jobs on our website.
“You’ll have loads of transferable skills that would help us.”
Teesside Hospice has a Palliative Care Centre in Linthorpe and also raises funds through a string of charity shops across the region, under Teesside Hospice Trading Ltd.
Other businesses across Teesside are offering free services and goods for Thomas Cook workers.
Billingham salon Suzanne Wilson hair is offering all Thomas Cook employees a free cut and finish until October 31.
Its Facebook page says: “Enjoy a super pamper of a cut and finish and hair treatment alongside a lovely coffee xx please ask for Jenny quoting TCJenny when booking and all we require is proof of employment.”
Pierre’s hair salon and barber shop is also offering free cuts as a pick-me-up for both male and female Thomas Cook staff and their children.
Michelle Pierre, owner of the Middlesbrough salon based in the Dundas Arcade, said: “We want to show not everyone is driven by greed, as their bosses obviously were.
“Maybe this might help.”
STS Dance & Fitness is also offering a free evening of classes to employees who want to “let their hair down and blow off some steam”.
The business posted: “It really is such horrible news of what has happened to Thomas Cook, such a huge known airline.
“But what’s worse is the many thousands of employees and truly my heart goes out to all of you and I hope you find employment soon.
“In the meantime, to let your hair down and blow of some steam, here’s a FREE EVENING OF CLASSES FOR YOU. 1 dance and legs bums and tums session, ( must show proof ).
“I’ll look forward to seeing you all Monday / Tuesday with the rest of my amazing ladies.”