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Letters from grandad DESPERATE to get to Australia to live out his final years with family


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A vulnerable grandfather is stranded in London after selling his home, car and belongings to move to Australia before his bridging visa was abruptly cancelled.

British citizen Ronald Ward, 86, was granted entry in May while his Aged Parent visa was processed and since sold his house to live the remainder of his life with his Australian daughter and grandson in Sydney.

But just four days before he was scheduled to fly on October 11, Mr Ward and his family were informed by the federal government he would not be allowed into Australia, despite having the bridging visa.

The shock decision has left Mr Ward stranded in a London hotel with nothing but a suitcase and no family to turn to, leaving doctors worried the anxiety could kill him.

Mr Ward’s daughter Claire, who lives in Sydney, told Daily Mail Australia she has been ‘totally beside herself with worry’.

British citizen Ronald Ward (pictured with his daughter Claire), 86, was granted it in May while his Aged Parent visa was processed and since sold his house to live the remainder of his life in Sydney

‘We did everything we were told we should do, then the flight got booked and I did the exemption for him to enter New South Wales, I didn’t even think they wouldn’t accept him,’ Ms Ward said.

‘I’m in complete bloody shock. He is now stuck in the UK, alone, distraught, with nowhere to live, and no support.’

The 86-year-old himself has penned a heartbreaking letter begging Home Affairs to let him into the country as both his physical health and mental health is falling.

‘Dear Sir, I have travelled to Australia many times, the first time was in 1956/7 shortly after leaving the army,’ he wrote.

‘Now I’m 86 years old, most of my friends have died so I’m now alone…I have no one, I know no one.

‘With your help, I would like to spend my last few years with my family and ask nothing of Australian tax payers but I do ask for re-entry into your country so I may die a happy person.’ 

The 86-year-old himself has penned a heartbreaking letter (pictured) begging Home Affairs to let him into the country as both his physical health and mental health is falling

Mr Ward’s daughter Claire, who lives in Sydney, told Daily Mail Australia she has been ‘totally beside herself with worry’

The family received the shock email from the federal government four days before his flight, when Mr Ward had packed up his life in the UK and was already in a hotel. 

‘Your circumstances have been assessed against the Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions,’ the email read.

‘On the basis of the information provided, the delegate has concluded that your circumstances do not outweigh the risk to the Australian community.’

Mr Ward’s doctor, Sean Brink believes he is at risk of stroke if the matter is left unresolved as he is under immense stress, anxiety and is even experiencing depression.

Dr Brink has issued an urgent letter for Ms Ward to include in her father’s application as he is seriously concerned for his welfare.

Mr Ward is an insulin-dependent diabetic and is experiencing an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness because of the ordeal.

‘It has been highlighted to me that this patient is having severe tiredness and fatigue due to reactive stress from recent events,’ Dr Brink wrote. 

Dr Brink has issued an urgent letter (pictured) for Ms Ward to include in her father’s application as he is seriously concerned for his welfare

Just four days before he was scheduled to fly on October 11, Mr Ward and his family were informed by the federal government in an email (pictured) that he would not be allowed into Australia, despite having the bridging visa

‘He is experiencing significant reactive anxiety and depression at this current time with disrupted sleep,’ the doctor wrote.

‘This has led to depression and a sense of hopelessness. I believe that if he was enabled to travel to his destination in Australia as planned he would recover and sustain good health and also be with his family and support network.’

Ms Ward has been working tirelessly since Wednesday to try and get the decision changed.

‘The email back from the government was appalling, so impersonal,’ she said.

‘They’re showing no compassion to an 86-year-old man who wants to spend the rest of his life with his family.’ 

Ms Ward is now planning on filing another travel exemption request on compassionate grounds for his health conditions. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Department of Home Affairs for comment. 



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