Hello my name is Chris Elliott
I am making an appeal for my friend Margaret Sheard who has cancer and living in Northern Cyprus (TRNC) as a temporary resident after she came to Northern Cyprus 19 years ago having sold her park home in the UK and bought a bungalow in the TRNC to live in her retirement.
She invested a large part of her financial assets in her Turkish Lira savings accounts but now her savings have plunged in value due to the devaluation of the Turkish Lira and may sink lower due to the effect of the Ukraine crisis affecting the world economy
After 9 months of chemotherapy treatment which has been unsuccessful and this may be in part due to an 8-week delay between treatments as a result of no drugs being available until the Turkish Government provided money to the TRNC so drugs could be purchased from Turkey.
She is now paying for her new expensive immunotherapy treatment from her UK savings and pension as she can no longer pay from her Turkish Lira account if she is going to be successful when applying for future temporary residency status which requires a minimum capital investment held in Turkish Cypriot banks. It is claimed that proof of income through UK bank accounts will be considered
As a temporary resident, she is required to make an annual local national health payment which basically pays for admittance to a state hospital and after the test, she is required to pay for any further test or treatment for illnesses identified.
So her current situation is she, will have to stop future expensive cancer treatment or consider selling her property and find other accommodation as she has no property in the UK and after 19 years she can expect no help from her homeland after contributing to the UK national health scheme throughout her working life.
Following a recent fall in her home Margaret was hospitalized and had a hip operation for which she now has had additional medical expenses taken from her limited savings and she is about to recommence her immunotherapy treatment which will cost in the region of 26,000 TL plus every two weeks, so in short, she can no longer afford to live in her adopted homeland without some financial support and is unable to return to the UK.
All donations received will be transferred by me to Margaret Sheard.