A MOTHER-OF-THREE has been left stranded in Portugal with her family because of the volcano flight ban.
Ormskirk businesswoman, Amanda Shaw, is stuck in the resort of Tavira with the earliest opportunity to return on April 29 – almost two weeks after she was due to return.
Along with husband Jon and sons Sam, 14, James, 11, and nine-year-old Jack, Amanda left the UK on April 7 for a two-week break.
But their flight back to the UK has been cancelled because of the volcanic ash spreading from Iceland towards mainland Europe.
Amanda told the Advertiser: “We’re lucky that we have our own apartment, but we are struggling with money – we are trying to cut back on our spending but the car hire is costing us a small fortune which we weren’t expecting.”
Now Amanda has had to start cancelling appointments and events with clients.
Her children who attend Aughton Christ Church and Ormskirk School are also missing the first week of the new school term.
Amanda, whose company has installed WiFi at key locations including West Lancs Investment Centre and Ormskirk’s Coronation Park, said: “I organise regular Lets Evolve business networking events and one was due to take place at Dobbies Garden Centre in Southport this Thursday evening (April 22) but that obviously won’t be going ahead now.”
Amanda who has also auditioned for BBC2’s Dragons’ Den was also supposed to be attending an event with her husband in London with entrepreneur James Caan.
“Chances of us getting there now are zero so we are having to rearrange that. We’ve lost our money for train tickets, the hotel, everything.”
“We’re staying in a lovely resort and the locals have been brilliant but it is worrying when we are basically stranded thousands of miles away from home. I am having to organise my business by mobile phone.
“It would take days to travel by rail or car, and there’s no guarantee that would be trouble free as everyone in Europe is in the same situation as us.
“The bottom line is that we're stuck here and next flight isn’t until April 29, but even that’s hit and miss.”
l Amanda hopes an event scheduled at O’Este restaurant on May 7 will still go ahead.