Doncaster couple found stones and plastic in their pizza meal on holiday from hell

Doncaster couple Jack Cairns and girlfriend Claire Burdis who fell ill during a two week break in Sharm El Sheikh are considering legal action
Doncaster couple Jack Cairns and girlfriend Claire Burdis who fell ill during a two week break in Sharm El Sheikh are considering legal action
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A Doncaster man who is still suffering the effects of a gastric illness contracted on a ‘holiday from hell’ nearly two years ago is considering legal action.

Jack Cairns and girlfriend Claire Burdis fell ill during a two-week break in Sharm El Sheikh from September 27 to October 10, 2014 – days after complaining about finding stones and plastic shards in one of their meals.

The Doncaster couple have instructed lawyers Irwin Mitchell to investigate the conditions at the Sharm Grand Plaza Resort after the ordeal.

Jack, aged 26, who is currently undergoing tests to see if recently-developed nerve damage is linked to his symptoms, said his continuing ill health is making it difficult for him to put the holiday disaster behind him.

He said: “We shouldn’t have fallen ill in the first place but to still be feeling the effects now, all these months down the line, is just horrible.

“It was a holiday from hell to begin with, and this is making it impossible to forget.”

During their stay, Jack and Claire, aged 21, complained several times about the food, which they said was sometimes found to be undercooked. On one occasion a pizza they ordered contained small stones and a piece of plastic was found in the chips.

The couple say they saw kitchen staff handling raw and cooked meat with the same utensils, and crockery in the restaurant was sometimes dirty.

Simon Prew, an international personal injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said: “We’re continuing to investigate their experiences at Sharm Grand Plaza Resort to see what if anything could have been done to prevent their illness and ensure other holidaymakers do not suffer as they have.”

Solicitors on behalf of holiday provider Dawson & Sanderson have denied liability, making legal proceedings likely.

Dawson & Sanderson were unavailable for comment.