Relatives of Amy Wigfull back insurance campaign

Relatives of a woman who fell from a hotel balcony in Spain are urging young people to get travel insurance as figures show more than a third go without it.

Amy Wigfull from Rotherham was on holiday on the Costa del Sol celebrating two family birthdays when she plummeted five floors. She suffered a fractured pelvis, broken vertebrae, broken ribs, punctured lung, bleeding on the brain, fractured shoulders and broken teeth. She faces four operations costing £20, 000 because she didn't have travel insurance.

Her second-cousin, Clare Duffy, was there at the time and says it's been a terrible time for the family, but that Amy is surprisingly 'bright':

According to new research issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and The Travel Association ABTA, over one in three (38%) young Brits don’t think it is necessary to take out insurance when they travel overseas, often leaving their families to pick up the pieces.

The findings from research conducted by ABTA come as the FCO and ABTA urge young holidaymakers to be better prepared for their travels abroad and ensure they are properly covered.

Ilana Rapaport, from ABTA, says it's crucial that young people include insurance in their travel plans:

One in five young people also think that a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) acts as a full insurance policy when abroad. However, an EHIC only provides access to state medical care in the European Economic Area and does not cover other costs such as bringing the individual back to the UK.

It’s the time of year when people are preparing to travel abroad for summer trips, including some for the first time without their parents. Arranging comprehensive travel insurance should be at the top of their to-do list before departing. An accident or emergency abroad can end up costing thousands and it’s often the family who is left to cover the costs.

– FCO Minister Mark Simmonds