Couple’s last trip before husband dies of cancer lost after Thomas Cook collapse
A couple have lost their final holiday before the husband died of cancer after Thomas Cook announced its collapse.
Lyndsay and Matt Dominic planned on spending their last break together in Tenerife after well-wishers raised £1,800 for the trip.
They were due to fly tomorrow, but have been left devastated by the news their poignant holiday won't be happening.
Ex-Rolls-Royce employee Matt, 43, was given a terminal brain cancer diagnosis last May.
Lyndsay, from Derby, who has an 18-year-old son and two daughters aged 14 and 11, says she has been unable to get through to anyone at Thomas Cook or the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
The 42-year-old Morrisons worker said: "We're beyond fed up. We were toying with packing yesterday but we were preparing for the worst. Matt's got a stinking cold so he was up at 4am this morning – that's when we found out.
"We don't have a back-up plan."
The couple's holiday is covered by ATOL and they expect to get their money back. But Mr Dominic was given six months to live more than a year ago and Mrs Dominic fears there will not be enough time to arrange another break.
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She said: "It's not possible for us to book another holiday unless we get our money back.
"And I keep reading that it could take up to two months to get refunded."
Lyndsay, of Allestree, said the two phone numbers she has for Thomas Cook are only playing a recorded message and she cannot get through to anyone at the CAA.
She said: "I would appreciate being prioritised – especially under the circumstances.
"I don't blame the Thomas Cook staff at all. It's not their fault. They were kept in the dark as well – I really felt for them to be honest.
"The bosses are a different matter. They're all in it for themselves."
Lyndsay said both she and her husband were "gutted" about what had happened.
She said: "He was really looking forward to it. He's not got a lot to look forward to, bless him."
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