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‘Once in a lifetime’ swimming trip cancelled after Monarch collapse

The group were looking forward to their ‘once in a lifetime’ trip. Credit: BPM

Children from a swimming club have been left ‘devastated’ after the Monarch Airlines collapse means their £20,000 trip is unlikely to go ahead.

Radford Swimming Club in Nottingham was planning on taking 13 regional and national-level swimmers, aged between 10 and 18, to a training centre in Tenerife on October 21.

However, after the news that Monarch had gone into administration, it means that they have no way of getting to the island.

Their trip, which cost £882 per person, will likely have to be called off and the club says the prospects of a refund are slim.

Future bookings and holidays have been cancelled after Monarch Airlines collapsed into administration. Credit: PA images

Single mother Sally-Ann Chambers, from Bestwood Village, had been saving all year, so that her daughter could go on a ‘once in a lifetime’ trip.

She said: “It is a nightmare. We just do not know what we are doing, we are all in disarray.

“I feel empty, lost. My daughter was going to use it to push her up the rankings, it would have built her confidence and helped her realise her dreams.

“They work really hard and they were all really looking forward to it, and now it has been pulled from under them.

“It’s a huge amount of money to lose overnight.”

The club says it would cost another £500 each to book new flights. Credit: BPM

Head coach Dean Anscombe has been helping to organise the trip for the past year and says he feels "absolutely gutted".

“So much hard work and effort went in, and they were all so excited...I just feel helpless.”

Charlotte Troop, 14, of Ruddington, had used the money she inherited from her granddad, who was always ‘proud’ of her swimming achievements and who died last year, to pay for the trip herself.

She said: “Obviously I was very upset because it has been planned for ages and I have been looking forward to it, it would have been great.”

The club has worked out it would cost another £500 each to book new flights if they wanted to go ahead.

A representative from Tenerife Top Training, the centre they were going to, said they did not know if they could provide a refund in the circumstances.

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