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Powys grandmother threatened with deportation allowed to stay in the UK

A Powys grandmother who was threatened with deportation has been told she has been granted the right to remain in the UK

79-year-old Carolyn Hirst, who is a South African national, has been married to her British husband, Michael, for 44 years.

The pair moved to Powys from South Africa following a violent robbery at their home.

However, despite being married to a British man and her daughter being a British passport holder too, Mrs Hirst’s application to stay in the UK was turned down by the Home Office.

Carolyn and husband

She was so terrified of being deported back to South Africa, she struggled to eat and sleep.

Now that decision has been revoked and Ms Hirst has been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

Carolyn and family

Her daughter, Nikki Blandin de Chalain said the family were delighted their mother could stay.

It is with sheer relief that we are pleased to say the the deportation notice for my mother Carolyn Hirst has been revoked by the Home Office and she has been granted her Indefinite Leave to Remain visa.

At this time we would like to thank family, friends, strangers and the media for their support during a very stressful and emotional ordeal.

Most of all we would like to give our heartfelt thanks to our local MP; Chris Davies and his colleague Wendy Poulton. We never would have reached this verdict so quickly without you. Tonight we will sleep well!

– NIKKI BLANDIN DE CHALAIN

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