Dying mum pleads with government to let her fly to Tenerife for one final family trip
Linzi Page, who has Stage 4 bowel cancer, pleaded with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to let her family travel for a ‘final memory’ (Image: The Scotsman / SWNS)
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A dying mum with stage 4 cancer has written to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon begging her to let her depart for a last family trip to Tenerife.
Linzi Page, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2018, fears that under new Scottish regulations to prevent the spread of Covid-19 she will be criminalised if she goes to Edinburgh airport for her flight on November 26.
In a heartbreaking appeal to the First Minister, mother-of-two, Linzi, 38 and from Fife, wrote: "On compassionate grounds can I fly and make this final memory?”
Linzi – who could lose £6,000 if she can't travel – said she is also willing to pay for herself and her kids to get a Covid-19 test before departing, Daily Record reports, to ensure they don't pose a risk of spreading the virus to other passengers.
New lockdown rules coming into force on Friday mean it's legal to take a flight but illegal to get to the airport to board it
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Sturgeon also announced legal travel restrictions will come into force on Friday for people who live in tiers 3 and 4.
Leaving these areas will be a breach unless the trip is for an “essential” purpose. Clarification on exemptions will be published soon.
However, critics believe the travel ban is unworkable and throws up anomalies.
Although international travel is allowed, in many cases it will be unlawful for people to travel to an airport in level 3 or 4.
SNP minister Mike Russell said yesterday: “International travel won’t be illegal because that is for the UK to do that but travelling to the airport or to a port for that purpose would be against the regulations.”
Linzi doesn't know how long she has left but says she has already outlived her life expectancy
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Linzi, who is from Burntisland, is worried she will be breaking the law by travelling from Fife to Edinburgh airport.
In her email to Sturgeon last night, she said: “I have stage 4 bowel cancer, 2 young kids (ages 4 and 7) and have already outlived my life expectancy.
“We all live in Tier 3 areas (Fife) and are reading today’s news saying it is now illegal to travel to the airport but not illegal to actually fly.”
She said: “Notwithstanding the personal element that I am devastated that this final holiday with my loved ones may be taken away from me and I may lose the opportunity to make lasting final memories, I cannot understand the decision.”
She said she believes her family will be fit to fly upon taking a Covid-19 tests and said: “So my questions are – after taking the COVID test and proving we are eligible to fly are you still saying we can’t fly? Also, on compassionate grounds can I fly and make this final memory?”
She could lose up to £6,000 if she can't fly
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Speaking to the Daily Record, she said: “In order to travel to Tenerife, we have to take a covid test 72 hours before. We’ll all have been given a negative result that says we are fit to fly. So I don’t understand why we can’t then travel.
“There will be people who are supposed to fly on Saturday morning that are now in a position where the flights are going to go, but they can’t physically travel to the airport because they are breaking the law.”
She added: “Can we get our money back? Legally the flight can go. We are all very exposed from that point of view. We stand to lose over £6,000.”
She believes people who have been cleared to fly should be exempt from the travel ban.
“My health has deteriorated quite a bit this year. I just don’t know when I am going to get away again. It does make me quite upset," she said.
Labour MSP Monica Lennon said: "Linzi's heartbreaking email should be immediately addressed by the First Minister.
"It would be ludicrous if Linzi can travel to Tenerife, but not to Edinburgh airport. These anomalies damage public confidence and sap morale. The Government must produce a workable system as a matter of urgency. Time is running out for Linzi and her family."
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said: "This situation perfectly encapsulates the ridiculousness of the present set of guidelines. It's simply not sustainable for international travel to be allowed but driving to the airport be prohibited.
"The Scottish Government need to sort this out for the sake of Linzi and her family."
Scottish Tory MSP Donald Cameron said: “This is a truly tragic story and my thoughts are with Linzi and her family at this extraordinarily difficult time.
“Cases like this show why the SNP Government must ensure that the clearest guidance is in place when further restrictions are announced.
“Linzi must be given clarity as soon as possible to avoid any greater anxiety for her and her family.”
The Daily Record has contacted the Scottish Government for comment.