Brits stranded abroad with no money food medication after flights cancelled

An NHS nurse stranded in Cambodia has pleaded with Boris Johnson to bring her and her husband home to the UK.

Frontline healthcare worker Cheryl Baxter issued a heartbreaking video message saying they are 'near meltdown' and begged the Prime Minister for help so she could go back to work.

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.

Video grab courtesy of frontline healthcare worker, NHS nurse Cheryl Baxter, who issued a heartbreaking video message on Facebook pleading with Boris Johnson to bring her and her husband home to the UK, after becoming stranded in Cambodia, saying they are 'near meltdown' and begged the Prime Minister for help so she could go back to work

Video grab courtesy of frontline healthcare worker, NHS nurse Cheryl Baxter, who issued a heartbreaking video message on Facebook pleading with Boris Johnson to bring her and her husband home to the UK, after becoming stranded in Cambodia, saying they are 'near meltdown' and begged the Prime Minister for help so she could go back to work

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

Ms Baxter is a ward matron at Conquest Hospital in Hastings, East Sussex, and her husband Ivon is also a key worker, she says.

A GoFundMe page has been set up with a target of £1,000 to fund flights, food and accommodation for the stranded couple.

It can be accessed here: www.gofundme.com/f/b4n3d4

Ms Baxter and her husband had been travelling before the UK pandemic commenced and were due to fly home on March 22 via Bangkok.

She said: '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.'

Those results take 72 hours to process meaning that they will be unable to take their rearranged flight, and they do not know when the next available plane out will be.

'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.'  

Dozens of British families stuck abroad due to coronavirus restrictions are trying to crowdfund their way home as a last resort.

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.

Undated handout photo issued by Elizabeth Hazlewood of herself, as the 52-year-old from Shrewsbury created a crowdfunding page after being left stranded in Tunisia, as dozens of families stuck abroad due to coronavirus restrictions are trying to crowdfund their way home as a last resort

Undated handout photo issued by Elizabeth Hazlewood of herself, as the 52-year-old from Shrewsbury created a crowdfunding page after being left stranded in Tunisia, as dozens of families stuck abroad due to coronavirus restrictions are trying to crowdfund their way home as a last resort

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.

Ms Hazlewood said she is staying in a hotel in the capital Tunis and is waiting further instructions from the British embassy.

'I am running out of money rapidly,' she added. 'I really am stressed because of the situation and feel totally lost and alone.'

Another crowdfunding page was created for a family of four from Leswalt, south-west Scotland, who are stuck in Florida.

George McMillan, 43, his wife Kim, 42, and their children Finlay, 13 and Ruby, five, travelled to the popular holiday destination on March 5.

Undated family handout photo of George McMillan, 43 (far right), with his wife Kim, 42 (far left), and their children Finlay, 13 and Ruby, 5, from Leswalt, Scotland, as they are stuck in Florida after their flights were cancelled due to coronavirus, after dozens of families stuck abroad due to coronavirus restrictions are trying to crowdfund their way home as a last resort

Undated family handout photo of George McMillan, 43 (far right), with his wife Kim, 42 (far left), and their children Finlay, 13 and Ruby, 5, from Leswalt, Scotland, as they are stuck in Florida after their flights were cancelled due to coronavirus, after dozens of families stuck abroad due to coronavirus restrictions are trying to crowdfund their way home as a last resort

But their holiday plans were scuppered after Disney World Florida announced it would close due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Mr McMillan, who suffers from Crohn's disease, said their flights to the UK were cancelled and they were soon to be kicked out of their hotel.

'It's been very stressful, more so these last few days as in two days time that's us out of the hotel,' he said.

'I have enough medication to see me through to about Saturday.'

While flights have been arranged for their return, Mr McMillan said they were not guaranteed.

'There is (so) much conflicting information, we are effectively in the dark,' he added.

Meanwhile, Adam Smith, 32, from Nazeing in Essex, and his girlfriend were two months into their travels across central America when they found themselves stuck in El Salvador.

Mr Smith said the country has enforced curfews and travel restrictions, with only one person per household allowed to go out to visit a supermarket, bank or pharmacy.

He has been speaking to the British embassy to arrange flights home but has not been told when this could happen.

He described the response from the UK Government as 'responsive but so far lacking any detailed plan of action'.

Describing the atmosphere in El Salvador since the lockdown, he

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