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Stranger pays for sick woman to fly home from Thomas Cook holiday in Majorca


Jackie and Amy Ward feared they would be stranded in Majorca without Jackie's vital heard medication (Picture: Sky News)

Jackie and Amy Ward feared they would be stranded in Majorca without Jackies vital heard medication (Picture: Sky News)

A stranger paid for a British woman to come home from holiday in Majorca after it emerged she could be stranded in the country without vital heart medication if Thomas Cook goes bust.

The man – named only as Colin – paid for a return flight for Jackie Ward, 58, and her daughter Amy, 24, after they were told their flight may be cancelled.

Thomas Cook is holding final crisis talks this morning after being told it needs to plug a £200 million financial hole or go under.

Jackie and Amy, of Newcastle, spoke to Sky News about their plight after arriving on the Spanish island last week.

They booked their trip with Thomas Cook to celebrate Jackie getting the all-clear from cancer.

Before Colin stepped in to help, Jackie said the holiday was ruined by the fear she had only packed enough medication for her heart condition to last until today.

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Amy fought back tears as she explained her mothers condition was life threatening.



They had been concerned their flights would not materialise as the travel agents crisis has worsened in recent days.

Colin contacted Sky and said: I have booked them flights home regardless of the airlines outcome.

They will be home Monday as planned now and can relax and enjoy whats left of the trip.

Jackie and Amy are among 150,000 British holidaymakers currently abroad with Thomas Cook – which has been in operation for 178 years.

This morning, people on holiday in Tunisia spoke of being held like hostages by armed security guards at their hotels by staff who feared they would not be paid.

Tourists 'held like hostages' in Thomas Cook hotel as company holds final crisis talks (Picture: @Ivana83556697/Twitter)

Tourists described being held like hostages at a hotel in Tunisia amid the Thomas Cook crisis (Picture: @Ivana83556697/Twitter)Read More – Source