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A family desperate to bring their ill mother home
after she suffered a suspected heart attack on holiday
say they're facing huge medical bills because of what they say
was an innocent mistake when taking out travel insurance.
The 62-year-old is currently is on life support in Turkey,
For ten days now, 62-year-old Heather Pyke has been in a coma in a
hospital in Turkey following a suspected heart attack while on
holiday with her two daughters and granddaughter.
It was horrible, me and my sister just broke down.
My poor niece was outside, with one of
We had to put our sunglasses on, because I did not
They discovered that their mother did not have travel insurance.
She had what is known as a European health insurance card, which gives
access to state provided health care in EU countries, but Turkey is not
The money will just get higher and higher.
About one quarter of British travellers go
abroad without insurance and today, experts warned of the need for
Am afraid it isn't unusual, people go away
EHIC card or do not understand that cover that the card provides.
Wherever you go, it is worth checking that
you have a EHIC, everybody should have
won, it is applicable in the
place you are going to but you should underpin it with travel
While a EHIC card provides valuable health insurance
cover, it does not provide the rest of the benefits proper travel
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office do not pay
medical bills or the costs of flying people home by air ambulance.
The family set up a Just Giving page to raise money.
it, another reason we have to get her home.
If anyone is going abroad, make sure you have travel insurance.
It was their first family holiday together
and one they will now remember for all the wrong reasons.
More and more young people are seeking advice about what to do
in the event of an acid attack - that's according
It comes after the recent spate of incidents here in the capital.
St John Ambulance already run an education over, giving advice on
things like knife and gun wounds. This is the first time they've
included anything on acid attacks. It is driven by young Londoners,
evidently they have more and more been approaching first a desert
festival is on that type of thing and asking what they should do in
the event of an attack. I teach in schools every single day and hear
about lots of different things happening to our young people. This
is the biggest shocker, I believe. We do a lot around gunshot and knife
wounds but the acid attacks are so very damaging. This type of attacks
do seem to be on the rise. Yes. We have had 12 alleged attacks in the
last month. Police believe that is due to tougher legislation around
nice. They believe there should be an outright ban on carrying
corrosive substances. These classes are all about educating. You could
be selected because you are the first person at the time because it
is random makes it scary. What she said can be quite useful. It is
unfortunately had to learn about bad and could possibly potentially have
to implement it. If it does happen, and hopefully it does not, I would
know how to help them. Community leaders we have spoken to say they
believe outright bans are short-sighted and do not tackle the
cause of this worrying kind of trend. They think more social
policies are needed. Until then acid attacks are real, live issues. St
John Ambulance say it is responding from young people for calls for
practical advice about how to deal with an acid attack. Hanky. That is
what this thank you. A special opera performance has
taken place in Holland Park this evening - to raise money to help
support those affected The production company behind it,
which is mourning the loss of one of its own, has been criticised
in the past for being Birdie's Requiem is often used in
memoriam. Tonight in Holland Park it is being performed for those who
lost their lives and homes a couple of miles up the road in Grenfell
Tower. It directly affected one of their own, a member of staff, Debbie
Sample, who lived on the 16th floor, missing, presumably dead. It is
difficult for me to talk about. The last time I saw her was sitting at
this bench on the night of the fire. You're listening to the end of the
opera we were performing that night. We said good night at the end of it.
It was lovely and that was it hit helps the feeling about why we
wanted to make such an impact on why we wanted to do something. Grenfell
lies to the north of Kensington, the poor part of Kensington. The part of
the borough the council has been accused of neglecting. Until two
years ago, the opera in Holland Park with the council service, the same
as any other council leisure facility like Jim Morrison mean
pool. That has led to criticism about those who have questioned the
authority of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. They have
misspent government and council taxpayers funds on countless vanity
projects and hand-outs as we have heard while underfunding essential
services. Those who run the opera insist that there's is the
accessible opera company in the country. It has had direct
involvement with the community. When you pitch it as opera is not as
important as homes and living standards in the borough but that is
not an argument I would ever have with you or anyone else. They spent
millions on what sort of other services. It is the word, opera,
that is clearly a problem for people. Perhaps if we were straight,
theatre company, it would not be as controversial. In this country opera
generally as this stereotype that people tend to hold. Stereotype or
not, tonight was my one-off performance was a sell-out with all
proceeds going to help the victims of Grenfell Tower.
They go back hundreds, if not thousands of years as a way
of preserving the image of a loved one.
Beethoven, Oliver Cromwell and Napoleon were all rendered
Now death masks seem to be making a come back.
So you've got the guy laying here dead and I literally just
pour it out of the bowl, and the whole of his head
is literally covered in this thick blue moulding substance.
This was the former manager of a Soho club.
The mask was commissioned by his friends.
That's exactly how he looked when he died.
And as you can see, it picks up every detail.
Nick Reynolds says he's now made almost 100 death masks.
And in the kitchen, which is Nick's workshop,
One so recent, we've been asked to hide the face,
But Nick says a death mask helps some people deal with their grief.
Some people take the death mask to bed with them.
They wake up in the morning, roll over and bingo,
But they are tremendous cathartic tools and they help people come
I have had moments of, you know, of just talking to it, you know.
Joe Corre, who runs the company Agent Provocateur, commissioned Nick
to make a death mask of his father, the artist and performer
A copy of the mask is now in Highgate Cemetery.
It was made while his body lay in a morgue in Chalk Farm.
My exact thought, I walked in, wow, that's Malcolm,
Nick's masks can cost upwards of ?2,000.
The Highgate Cemetery Trust says if more death masks
are more being made, it would be good to
Time for me to say goodnight and as August begins I'll leave
you with Wendy for a look at the weather.
It was not too bad today. There were some decent spells of sunshine once
again but there were tell-tale signs in the sky that things were about to
change that there is a bit more cloud and some rain on the way at
the moment. It is out in the Atlantic that the low pressure
system developed. A beautiful swirl of cloud you can see that it has
been pushing its way towards us. There is cloud in the sky at the
moment and the rain is about to come onto the shores of Cornwall. For the
time being, we do have a bit of high cloud around which is keeping the
warmth of the day came. Temperatures not much lower than 13, 15 tonight.
It will feel muggy in the morning. A bit of brightness. The cloud begins
up. The rain will be on and off throughout the afternoon. Some of it
will be heavy. The brutal pick-up and temperatures will struggle
between 17 and 19. Something heavier through the evening. On Thursday it
is back to sunshine and showers to end the week. Fewer of them
is back to sunshine and showers to end the week. Fewer of them over the
weekend. Hello. We have changed the month but not the weather. You will
know that if you got caught in a heavy downpour. The Met Office says
July was wetter than average in the UK. Perhaps when it comes to
sunshine, in one of the few yellow areas that you have more sunshine
than average. It continued today on the first day of August with blue
sky on view at Lerwick. Some cloud in Cornwall. A funnel cloud, a
tornado that has not touched the ground. Quieter overnight but not
for long. Low-pressure is about to come in. It will be wet and windy