Former Thomas Cook staff offered jobs and gifts by local businesses after firm collapses
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Travel company Thomas Cook went bust on Monday, after the UK government refused financial aid to stop it from going into liquidation.

In the wake of the devastating news that 22,000 employees around the world would lose their jobs, including 9,000 people in the UK, many local businesses have offered to help those affected.

Whether it be offering free taxis, drinks or even potential employment, increasing numbers of businesses are doing what they can to show solidarity.

Several firms pledged to cater for their travel needs.

Some focused on the absolute essentials

Others offered some much-needed entertainment

Some companies offered former employees help with finding their feet again

…in some cases washed down with free drinks

Despite suffering their own disappointment, Thomas Cook customers were among the most generous, with the passengers of one plane donating £5,000

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