Petitions and activism
Can I ask for your help?
MostlyCake · 04/06/2014 18:46
A friend of mine has had a bad accident while on holiday in Italy. Unfortunately she didn't have travel insurance and so her friends and family are trying to raise the money for an air ambulance to take her home once she is stable enough to travel.
I know this is a big ask but if you could spare a pound to donate to get her home the website is //www.bringromhome.com we would all really appreciate it.
Sadly this isn't a scam, www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mum-fighting-life-after-plunging-3573719.
If you can't donate would you please consider sharing the donation page on your facebook or retweeting.
Thanks so much in advance.
MostlyCake · 04/06/2014 19:06
Don't know. She did have the European health card so perhaps she thought it covered all health related things.
I'd rather not get into why she didn't have insurance if that's ok and just focus on hopefully raising the profile of the donations site.
EasterSundaySimmons · 04/06/2014 20:25
At the time of her accident it was reported that Romilly was in a coma.
Is she out of the coma yet? Poor lady and her family.
I never go away without taking out travel insurance, it's not expensive. However, as you say, debating travel insurance won't help get her home.
Have you spoken to your local MP to see what they can do?
MostlyCake · 04/06/2014 22:08
I'm not local to her, I'll pass on your suggestion to her family, thanks for reading.
HoneyBooBooChild · 04/06/2014 22:14
This is definitely possible. I recently seen a Facebook page about a man in the same position, except he had travel insurance and they wouldn't pay out. They managed to raise 30k to fly him home, so fingers crossed op!
isitsnowingyet · 04/06/2014 22:20
I've made a small donation - hope your friend gets better.
EasterSundaySimmons · 04/06/2014 22:24
If there is a spokesperson for the family it might be worth them getting more publicity by urging their MP to being up the matter of their should be compulsory travel insurance.
Lots of people do not apply for insurance because they think it might be too expensive or think that nothing will happen to them. I paid only £6 to cover myself and my daughter for a week in Spain last year!
Your friend needs maximum publicity. Write to large companies from the area she is from and ask for donations as some large firms like the publicity.
People need to realise the importance of travel insurance and your friends plight could be part of a public campaign to get people to protect themselves and their families.
MostlyCake · 05/06/2014 06:35
Thank you all for commenting, donating and sharing. I will pass on your suggestions especially about firms in the area.
BewitchedBotheredandBewildered · 05/06/2014 13:44
Has anyone asked the British Embassy if they can help?
I believe repatriation costs have to be repaid but that might be easier than raising money in advance.
MostlyCake · 05/06/2014 19:00
Her parents are getting consulate (sp?) help so presumably that's from the embassy?
Thanks everyone for talking the time to read and share. I really appreciate it.
Shonajay · 05/06/2014 19:05
There are valid reasons for not having insurance - I'm in remission from cancer and haven't been on holiday for three years. To insure me would cost twice the cost of the holiday, but I'm going to an EU country next week as a treat.
eltsihT · 05/06/2014 19:36
I knew her too at University, and hope she gets home soon, her little boy is the same age as mine.
I have donated already and shared it on Facebook
IonaMumsnet · 05/06/2014 22:01
OP - sorry to hear about your friend. Hope she gets home ok. We're going to be moving this thread to Petitions and Campaigns in a mo for you. Best of luck with it.
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