Family stranded in Paris as final Champions League trip turns ‘nightmare’
A family have found themselves stranded in Paris and unable to return home following the chaotic events of the Champions League final.
Lisa Spicer, her fiancé Dave, her two children Danny and Molly and her nephew Rory have been stranded in Paris after traveling to the city to watch Liverpool FC take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final. The family, big LFC fans who have followed the team for decades, were on their “dream” trip staying at the Eurocamp site near Paris.
The New Brighton family were due to take the ferry back to England yesterday, June 2, but subsequent issues with their car seal have been stalled indefinitely. Lisa’s best friend Clare McGann told ECHO it was meant to be “a momentous moment for the family that turned into a nightmare”.
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The garage in France that took over their car is quoting the family between £3 and £5,000 to repair it. Lisa only bought the car less than two weeks ago and is now waiting for help from her insurance company.
But Clare told ECHO it was currently a slow process and the family were stuck in France waiting for their insurance to resolve the issue. Clare, who has known Lisa for 15 years and called her “truly the nicest person you could ever hope to meet”, said the family were “freaked out” as the trip of a lifetime was already on a tight budget.
She said: “Lisa would give the shirt to anyone. She’s been through a lot in her life, but her positivity draws people in.
“They managed to extend their stay for a few more nights at Eurocamp, but they are worried about going home. Because they came by car with all their camping stuff, it’s not as easy as going back. with just a suitcase.
“They don’t know how long it will take for the insurance to pass and then they don’t know if they can even get the car home.”
Clare said Lisa, who was in Istanbul for the famous LFC win, and her family had a great time in Paris and weren’t caught up in the chaotic events outside the stadium that UEFA and the French authorities were strongly criticized.
The family spent their holiday with other LFC fans who were camping at Eurocamp. Clare said they had a “very good day apart from the result” but now find themselves in limbo and stranded in France.
Clare created a GoFundMe page to feed the family, water them, and find another way home. The family are currently trying to get another ferry back with friends offering to pick them up in Dover.
Clare said: “It’s a very stressful time for the family. The family is keeping their spirits up right now – it’s in their nature.”
You can donate to help get the family home here.