XL holiday victims on flight home

PUBLISHED: 08:40 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 15 June 2010

A HONITON couple were last night (Tuesday) on a flight home to Gatwick after they fell victim to the collapse of XL Leisure.

A HONITON couple were last night (Tuesday) on a flight home to Gatwick after they fell victim to the collapse of XL Leisure.Greg McCollum, 22, of Chestnut Way, and his girlfriend, Samantha Chaffey, 20, were just three days into their holiday in Tenerife when it was announced the third largest package holiday firm in Britain was preparing to declare itself bankrupt.Mr McCollum made a series of desperate telephone calls to his mother, Christine Fowler, saying he feared he and Samantha would end up stuck abroad with limited funds."They weren't told anything," said Christine, 44. "They read about it in a newspaper and called me."Greg booked the trip through Teletext Holidays, who used XL."I went on the internet and tried to find a telephone number for Teletext Holidays, but eventually contacted ATOL, the financial protection scheme for UK tour operators."I went on from there and managed to get flights."Mr McCollum and Miss Chaffey were due to board a flight to Gatwick as the Herald went to press.They were expected to arrive back in the UK at around midnight.Christine said ATOL sorted out the air fares and the couple did not have to pay anything."I'm really relieved he has got a flight. I know he was worried."I told him to just get on with his holiday and let me deal with it."The collapse of XL was the second disaster to hit the couple's week-long holiday in a hotel self-catering apartment.Just hours after arriving in Tenerife on Tuesday last week, Mr McCollum tripped and cut his foot.He required stitches and the hospital bill totalled 115 Euros.

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