Weddings ruined, honeymoons on hold and pensioners fearing they'll have to sleep on beach: Thomas Cook crisis hits tourists as one running out of vital heart medication is saved by Good Samaritan
- A couple on honeymoon in Cancun said their trip had become an anxious 'frenzy'
- Several more couples could have wedding plans ruined if the company collapses
- Jackie Ward, 58, feared a 'life-threatening' lack of medication this weekend
Holidaymakers have had honeymoons and wedding plans ruined and have even been left fearing for their lives due to dwindling medication as Thomas Cook teeters on the brink of collapse today.
One couple on honeymoon in Cancun said their relaxing holiday had turned into a 'frenzy' as customers searched desperately for news about the ailing travel firm.
On top of that, series of couples face an anxious wait over their wedding plans after spending thousands to book a dream wedding abroad.
Their anxious wait is still going on today as Thomas Cook bosses hold crunch talks with shareholders in a last-ditch effort to save the firm.
One British mother feared she would run out of medication in what could have been a 'life-threatening' situation, prompting a mystery stranger to step in and book her a new flight.
Sami Ryder, 26, who works in marketing, is due to get married to Dean Turgeon with a Thomas Cook package in Santorini next September
Chloe Sharpe and Paul Kerfoot, both 27, whose dream £15,000 wedding in Cyprus is in jeopardy because of the Thomas Cook crisis
James and Rebecca Hyam, from Lichfield, are facing an anxious end to their honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico.
The newlyweds are supposed to be flying back to Manchester on Monday night.
Mr Hyam told CNN: 'There are quite a few of us here with Thomas Cook at the hotel where we are staying. Everyone is quite concerned.'
The issues facing the travel company had 'transformed a nice, relaxing honeymoon holiday to a Twitter frenzy trying to find out what happens next,' he said.
Others face having long-cherished wedding plans ruined by the possible collapse of Thomas Cook.
Sami Ryder, 26, who works in marketing, is due to get married to Dean Turgeon with a Thomas Cook package in Santorini next September.
She said: 'The wedding package includes wedding venue, celebrant to marry us, bouquets etc and we have around 30-35 guests flying out with us.'
She said she now fears she and Dean, 27, who live in the Midlands, could be left having to reorganise wedding plans.
Chloe Hardy told BBC News her wedding on the Greek island of Zante next month - which she booked more than a year ago - is now under threat.
James and Rebecca Hyam, from Lichfield, are concerned about returning home from their honeymoon in Cancun. The newlyweds were are supposed to be flying back to Manchester on Monday night
Chloe Hardy and her fiance Jack (pictured together) said her wedding in Zante in October - which she booked more than a year ago - is now under threat
'We've had constant questions from our family that we are unable to answer,' she said.
'Our wedding is costing almost £12,000 with things we have bought here, the wedding package, everything we have organised with the resort wedding coordinator.'
Another couple, Chloe Sharpe and Paul Kerfoot, both 27, have spent £6,000 with the troubled tour operator.
They are due to get married in Cyprus next month but now face an anxious wait.
The couple chose Cyprus after Mr Kerfoot, an electrician, proposed at a church in the seaside resort of Protaras during a holiday in 2017.
Miss Sharpe, a hairdresser said: 'It's a lot of money to lose and if they do go bust, it's a case of finding another £6,000 to find another holiday and find another wedding package.'
Calling it 'very stressful', she said: 'As it’s so close to going, it feels like we aren’t going to be able to get married.
'If they do go bust, we’d have to sort another wedding out. Cyprus means a lot to us emotionally.'
Jackie Ward (left) and her daughter Amy (right) feared being stranded in Majorca if Thomas Cook collapsed, leaving Jackie without her vital heart medication
Jackie Ward, 58, brought enough medicine until Sunday and was due to fly back from Majorca on Monday but feared she would not get back with Thomas Cook on the brink of collapse.
Her daughter Amy, 24, told Sky News it 'could even be fatal' if her mother missed her heart medication.
'I've only brought enough medication till Sunday, thinking we'll get home on Monday. I'll take it Monday when I get home... I haven't got anything,' Jackie said.
The pair, from Newcastle, grew anxious after hearing about Thomas Cook's struggles and feared the Monday flight would never take place.
Thousands of holidaymakers could be stranded if the tour operator goes bust and plans for a possible rescue operation are still being drawn up.
Asked how serious it would be if Jackie missed her medication, her daughter said: 'Really serious, could even be fatal'.
'It's devastating. This holiday was supposed to be celebratory and it's not that anymore,' she said.
The pair are on holiday in Spain to celebrate Jackie's recovery from cancer.
Thomas Cook (one of whose planes is pictured in Manchester on Friday) could go bust as early as tonight as the company holds last-ditch talks over a rescue deal
Their saviour, a viewer who gave his name only as Colin, wrote to a Sky News journalist to offer his help and said he had booked alternative flights.
A collapse would leave up to 150,000 UK holidaymakers stranded and the Government is being urged to step in to help save the business.
Two years ago, the Government co-ordinated a huge repatriation scheme when Monarch Airlines collapsed.
But sources said Thomas Cook presents an 'unprecedented' challenge because it is a larger operator and runs package holidays.
Thousands of workers could also lose their jobs, with the 178-year-old company employing about 22,000 staff worldwide, including 9,000 in Britain.
This morning company bosses will hold urgent talks with shareholders and creditors in the City in a bid to stop Britain's oldest travel firm going bust.
Thomas Cook needs £200million on top of the £900million rescue deal agreed last month and is now hoping for an unlikely government bailout.