Lowcost customers turn to crowdfunding to salvage holidays

Holidaymakers have turned to crowdfunding to pay for their holidays after the collapse of Lowcost Travel Group.

The firm went into administration on Friday July 15 blaming ‘the recent and ongoing turbulent financial environment’, meaning customers have lost out on thousands of pounds in bookings for the summer season.

Crowdfunding platform GoFundMe has found that families have been turning to its site in an attempt to raise funds towards a new holiday.

Beverley Smith set up a GoFundMe page for her sister and brother-in-law as they were due to go on their honeymoon with their sons this month.

She wrote on the page: “After paying £3,700 in good faith the company have effectively stolen all the money and they have lost their honeymoon and my 2 nephews’ holiday and all the money is gone with no chance of a refund.

“I just want to give them some form of honeymoon.”

Steph Leese set up a page after saving for two years for a family holiday to Lanzarote.

She wrote on the page: “Lowcostholidays have screwed us over with no insurance.

“We have lost a holiday we saved two years for.

“The flights are safe but the hotel is not paid for. Any offers to help [are] gratefully received to get my family on that well-earned holiday”

GoFundMe provides a platform for people to organise their own campaign to raise money for personal causes and life events and invite others to support their fundraising.

GoFundMe fundraisers have raised £1 billion since its launch.

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