She suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and macular degeneration causing sight loss. She cannot walk unaided, has a chronic cough, poor vision, is hard of hearing and unable to care or cook for herself. She currently lives with and relies on her daughter Mary Wills, a qualified carer and British citizen who lives in Poole, for emotional and physical support.
Having come to the UK in February 2014 on a visitor's visa, Myrtle's application for leave to remain in the UK has been refused both by the Home Office and the Courts.
Myrtle is now at risk of being removed by the Home Office to South Africa where she has nobody to look after her and nowhere to stay. Her daughter Mary cannot move to South Africa as she and her husband are British citizens and her husband is suffering from Parkinson's disease.
The only current legal route to challenge Myrtle's removal to SA is by an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights and for that the family need your help to raise funds for her case.
Here is a message from Mary, Myrtle's daughter that explains more:
My Mum and I would like to thank you for all your tremendous help and support! It is so heartening for us to see that we're not alone in this difficult situation.
At the moment, the Home Office can come at any time, detain my mother in an immigration detention centre and remove her to South Africa. So we need to ask for your help.
In order to take my Mum's case to the European Court of Human Rights we need to raise funds for legal costs. We will need to pay an experienced legal team to fight my mother’s case, will need to be able to pay for expert advice and medical reports and other disbursements. The estimate of costs at this stage is in the region of £18,000.
We cannot take this step without your support!
Please donate to my Mum's legal fund. Any donation is gratefully received, however small. We can only do this with your help!
The situation is a living nightmare for all of us, but too much to bear for my Mum who is constantly afraid, has immense trouble sleeping and has lost 9kg over the last months. We are extremely worried for her!
We only have a few weeks left to meet the deadline to submit an appeal, so please donate today.
With heartfelt thanks,
Mary Wills (Myrtle’s daughter)
PS: Any money donated will be used to fight Myrtle Cothill's legal case to be granted leave to remain.The fund may also cover the making of new applications to the Home Office and legal challenges in the courts in the UK for that purpose if legally advised. Should Myrtle be granted leave to remain prior to the legal fund being exhausted, the money will be donated to a charity or charities which deal with immigration cases such as hers and/or be used for a campaign about the Adult Dependent Relative Rule (as set out in the Change.org petition Change.org/SaveMyrtle).
Contrary to the automated text in the donations page, any funds donated will in fact be sent directly from the donations page of this website to Myrtle's client account at the International Care Network, and not to the organiser.
Thank you SO much for all your wonderful support for Myrtle which has made this possible!
Myrtle and her family are overjoyed!
We cannot thank you enough - we have reached the goal due to your help! We have been truly bowled over by your generous donations (many of you having made several donations!), your kind messages and your ongoing support! We will now get the ball rolling with the application and will keep you updated. Once again, thank you SO much for caring! You are truly a lifeline!
Myrtle, Mary and David
Dear Friends & Supporters,
thank you so much for your incredible support! Due to your generosity, we have nearly reached our goal! We are only £230 away from meeting it!
We would be so grateful if you could circulate this appeal again to enable us to collect the remaining £230!
Thank you SO much for your incredible and overwhelming kindness & generosity!
Myrtle, Mary & Dave
thank you SO much for your ongoing support for Myrtle! Myrtle, Mary & Dave are thanking you from the bottom of their heart! They are quite simply overwhelmed by your kindness and care shown by your financial and emotional support! It is absolutely incredible! This update is to notify you that the funding sought for the new application was adjusted from £3,500 to £4,000 to reflect the additional requirement (even in human rights cases like Myrtle's where removal would breach her right to family life) to pay an ‘immigration health surcharge’ (of £500 for 2.5 years). Once again, thank you every so much for your kind support.
Dearest Joanne yes it is a disgrace theynow want to pay for her to go back to SA and give her £1000 to tide her over this is just so hard for all of us they have no comapssion I wish we could all protest outside the immigration minister and demand he lets her stay thank you so much and ask your friends to circulate as well please hunny xx
Congratulations, Myrtle and your family and to Jan Doerfel.
A Huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to this fund for my Darling Mother Myrtle, A very heartfelt thank you to you all and to Barrister Jan Doerful as well -
I do hope you are successful. It would be heartless for Myrtle to be sent back to S.A., away from her family. Good luck! I am spreading the word.
Thank you for your donation Cedric and for your kind words
With Heartfelt thanks to the 252 people that have donated to Sae my Mother fromDeportation - We Are still needing alot more may I ask people to donate what they can afford to help us fight this dreadful battle which is so unnecessary