Pregnant backpacker left in Australia alone after husband dies

Pregnant British backpacker’s husband dies unexpectedly in Australia during the coronavirus crisis – leaving her alone and unable to work

  • British expat Alana Smith lost her husband Josh Hayes in Adelaide in June
  • Five months pregnant, and in Australia on a tourist visa, she is unable to work
  • Friends that she met working in NZ in 2018 rushed to organise a fundraiser
  • It has raised $5,040 to go towards buy baby items and things she may need
  • Ms Smith plans to stay down under with Mr Hayes’ family until the baby is born 

A pregnant backpacker on a tourist visa is struggling financially after her husband died unexpectedly in Australia during the coronavirus lockdown.

British expat Alana Smith was living in Adelaide with her partner Josh Hayes when he suddenly passed away last month. 

Far away from home and five months’ pregnant, friends in New Zealand quickly rallied to help support her.  

British expat Alana Smith , who is five months pregnant, unexpectedly lost her husband Josh Hayes last month (pictured together)

British expat Alana Smith , who is five months pregnant, unexpectedly lost her husband Josh Hayes last month (pictured together)

Ms Smith’s former co-workers at Spectrum Care, a disability support organisation in Wellington, where she worked in 2018, have organised a Give a Little fundraiser and a relay race.

The campaign has so far raised $5,040 for Ms Smith, who wants to stay in Australia until she has her baby in October to be close to her partner’s family.

‘I am in Australia on a tourist visa, so it means the world at the moment,’ she told Stuff

‘Having Josh’s family here for me was really important to feel as close as possible to him.’

Ms Smith said the death of her husband made her feel ‘suddenly very alone’, as she grapples with grief and pregnancy amid the pandemic. 

She said her inability to work and the uncertainty around the coronavirus in the UK has added further to her stress. 

Ms Smith's friends have set up a fundraiser to help support the mother-to-be while she stays in Australia to be with Mr Hayes family until she has the baby in October

Ms Smith’s friends have set up a fundraiser to help support the mother-to-be while she stays in Australia to be with Mr Hayes family until she has the baby in October

Laura Wild, of Spectrum Care, spearheaded the campaign after developing a close friendship with Ms Smith during their employment together, which continued after Ms Smith moved overseas. 

‘The money will be used for anything Alana and baby may need: a hot chocolate with a friend, a pram, other baby paraphernalia, a night alone, a night with friends, a visa extension,’ the Givealittle page reads.

‘We know we can’t give a lot right now, but we can give a little. Collectively, we would like to offer what we can.’

Last Friday, dozens of Ms Smith’s friends and ex-colleagues took part in a six hour baton relay around Spectrum Care’s Maranga centre on the corner of Abel Smith and Cuba St, raising $4,500. 

Ms Smith said she was grateful for their efforts.

‘They made something beautiful out of something horrendous,’ she said. 

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