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British granny stranded in Canary Islands as family launch desperate appeal

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Jennifer Wardle, 70, became seriously ill after a case of food poisoning, and has racked up an excruciating medical bill of over £25,000 (€30,000) for her care. Ms Wardle’s insurance company refused to foot the bill, including the payments required for a medical evacuation.

The grandmother from Middlesbrough and her family are unable to pay for the treatments and have launched a GoFundMe appeal to bring her home.

The page, called “Help mam come home,” was set up by her daughter, Mandy, at the end of November.

In the description, Mandy, 49, introduces herself, and pleads with the reader for donations.

She wrote: “I recently went on holiday with my mam and others my mam took very ill there.”

She described how Jennifer “was put on life support,” but “it wasn’t covid that caused it.”

Mandy relayed that Jennifer had been struck down with pneumonia and a chest infection.

She claimed that the insurance provider “was all understanding” until the last day, when they decided they would not pay “to get her her home”.

The page, she explained, is needed to raise money “to get her flown back to the UK hospital”.

Jennifer requires a medical evacuation because “the hospital won’t let her leave for a normal flight because of oxygen”.

This means she “needs help with a medic plane now”.

Mandy ended the message by thanking those who donated, adding her “appreciation will be never-ending”.

The Canary Islands have long been a favoured holiday destination for British tourists.

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However, new travel restrictions that came into force this week have jeopardised many holidaymakers’ plans for festive sun.

Spain, clamping down amid Omicron variant concerns, now requires all arrivals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Updating the guidance, the UK Government update said: “The Spanish Government requires all arrivals to Spain from the UK (excluding children under the age of 12 years old) to present on entry proof of being fully vaccinated.”

However, many teenagers will not be vaccinated, as the UK has not yet rolled out mass vaccination for children.

This has spelled cancellation for many families with children.

The UK has also brought back mandatory PCR tests for those returning from other countries.

The red list is also back in force, reintroducing hotel quarantine for a number of countries including South Africa, where the Omicron variant was first identified.

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