NHS nurse at Conquest Hospital in Hastings stuck in Cambodia back in UK after ...

A NHS nurse stranded in Cambodia who begged Boris Johnson to bring her home is finally back in the UK. 

Respiratory nurse Cheryl Baxter and her husband Ivon were on holiday when Britain went on lockdown and were due to fly home on March 22. 

But they were stopped from boarding their second flight in Bangkok after officials demanded a medical certificate. 

They spent the whole day obtaining the paperwork and were re-booked onto another flight - only to be told they to undergo coronavirus testing before they could travel. 

Friends set up a crowdfunding campaign as the couple, of East Sussex, 'neared meltdown' and almost ran out of money.  

After an agonizing 72-hour wait for their results and a direct plea to the Prime Minister, the couple came back negative and were able to board their flight with £1,000 raised by wellwishers via their Go Fund Me page. 

Respiratory nurse Cheryl Baxter and her husband Ivon (pictured together) were on holiday in Cambodia when Britain went on lockdown and they found themselves unable to get home

Respiratory nurse Cheryl Baxter and her husband Ivon (pictured together) were on holiday in Cambodia when Britain went on lockdown and they found themselves unable to get home 

An update today read: 'It is with great pleasure to update you with some positive news. Cheryl and Ivon have now returned home safely.

'We can not thank everybody enough with the support shown through a very tough 48 hours for Cheryl and Ivon, who had to face the fear and distress which was caused.'

The post continued: 'We reached our target which we are extremely grateful for.

'Cheryl and Ivon will now do what they do best and return to work as frontline/Keyworker's for our country.

'No more donations are required, this campaign has had a positive effect and we are hoping that by what we have managed to do many other stranded Will get home safely too. Again thank you for your kindness, thoughts and prayers.

Ms Baxter is a ward matron at Conquest Hospital in Hastings and her husband Ivon is also a key worker, she said in her online video.  

Before they got the green light to go home, she uploaded the heartbreaking clip begging the Prime Minister to intervene so she could go back to work.

After an agonizing 72-hour wait for their results and a direct plea to the Prime Minister, the couple were able to board their flight with £1,000 raised by wellwishers via their Go Fund Me page

After an agonizing 72-hour wait for their results and a direct plea to the Prime Minister, the couple were able to board their flight with £1,000 raised by wellwishers via their Go Fund Me page

Breaking down into tears, she said: 'I've now run out of my medications needed and money is dwindling fast, so please UK Government and the Foreign Commonwealth (Office) help us back to our own country like you say we should.

'I'm a frontline NHS nurse - come on Boris Johnson, help me get back to where I'm needed.' 

The Go Fund Me page had a target of £1,000 to help the couple with the cost of new flights, extended accommodation and food. 

Their original online message read: 'We were told on the first cancellation on Sunday we did not have the medical certificates required to enter Bangkok, explaining we did not have the Covid-19 virus.

'The medical certificate cost is 80 dollars and now it's not worth the paper it's written on. Apparently now we need a swab and negative lab results proving we do not have this Covid-19 virus. 

Before they got the green light to go home, Cheryl Baxter (pictured) uploaded the heartbreaking video message begging the Prime Minister to intervene so she could go back to work

Before they got the green light to go home, Cheryl Baxter (pictured) uploaded the heartbreaking video message begging the Prime Minister to intervene so she could go back to work

'We also run the risk of Bangkok airport closing and also, the longer we're here, of us contracting this virus in a foreign country.

'We really are trying, believe you me, but with the language barrier and lack of communication this seems to be a relentless task.

'We are near a meltdown and unable to cope with this uncertainty so I'm begging you all, please post and share this to assist me and my husband and also the other people trying to return home and get the help we so desperately need.' 

While Mrs Baxter and her husband are safely home, dozens of British families are still stuck abroad due to coronavirus restrictions.

Britons are increasingly turning to online fundraising to get back to the UK.  

Crowdfunding page GoFundMe said a keyword search on its website shows a 54 per cent increase in campaigns in the last week mentioning being stuck abroad, and a 33 per cent increase in campaigns mentioning being stranded overseas.

Elizabeth Hazlewood, from Shrewsbury in Shropshire, created a crowdfunding page after being left stranded in Tunisia.

Elizabeth Hazlewood, 52, (pictured) from Shrewsbury in Shropshire, created a crowdfunding page after being left stranded in Tunisia

Elizabeth Hazlewood, 52, (pictured) from Shrewsbury in Shropshire, created a crowdfunding page after being left stranded in Tunisia

The 52-year-old support worker travelled to the country on Friday March 6 and was scheduled to fly back on Wednesday.

But her flight home was cancelled after the country suspended commercial air travel to stop the spread of Covid-19.

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