By Cherry Wilson
BBC News Online

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image copyrightSuppliedimage captionNicola Smith with her husband Steve who died in July this year

After a particularly tough year, Nicola Smith was planning to spend Christmas abroad with her daughter and granddaughter to create "new memories".

Her husband, Steve, died in a motorbike accident in July – and the toy shop she owns had to shut for huge parts of 2020 due to the Covid-19 lockdowns.

So Nicola, 60, from Morecambe, was due to fly to Canada on Monday to visit her daughter, Philippa, and three-year-old granddaughter Martha.

It would have been the first time she had seen Philippa since she suffered her own trauma: Philippa's husband, Tom, died in a white water rafting accident last year.

But her hopes of getting abroad to see her family were dashed on Monday morning when Canada brought in a 72-hour ban on flights from the UK.

"I just wanted to go away where we could make new memories," said Nicola.

"I haven't seen Philippa since Tom drowned and she's having such a hard time so far away from her family with a lockdown, and she was trying to work from home with a three-year-old with no family within thousands of miles.

"She was so looking forward to just having her mum there."