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Two emergency service workers from Kendal stranded abroad

Rosie Addison (right), Jenny Rose (Left) Credit: Rosie Addison

Two emergency service workers from Cumbria who are stranded abroad say they're desperately trying to get home so they can help their colleagues on the front line.

Rosie Addison, who is a nurse, and Jenny Rose, who is a police officer, have been trying for almost two weeks to fly back from the Philippines.

The sisters from Kendal say they are desperate to get home to help in the fight against coronavirus. Rosie said: "My sister and I are key workers and front line members of emergency services. We need to get back to the UK and help this global crisis."

The Addison sisters were scheduled to begin their journey home to Cumbria from the Philippines on March 14. However, they were forced to wait for 10 days until they could get on a plane from Cebu but, after countless cancelled flights, they are now stuck in Dubai.

After spending thousands of pounds on flights, the pair have appealed to local MP Tim Farron and the Prime Minister Boris Johnson for help.

Rosie said: "What are the British government going to do to help get stranded Brits home? We have no food and no drink in this airport as nowhere is open. Immigration in Dubai have taken our passports.

"The UK government has to listen at some point."

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On 19 March, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said there were between 300,000 and “closer to a million” British nationals travelling abroad.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said: “We recognise British tourists abroad are finding it difficult to return to the UK because of the unprecedented international travel and domestic restrictions that are being introduced around the world – often with very little or no notice.

“The FCO is working around the clock to support British travellers in this situation to allow them to come back to the UK.”