A HOLIDAY company is offering complimentary breaks to anyone affected by the collapse of Thomas Cook.

Forest Holidays, which operates eleven forest villages across the country, is making the offer after one of the largest travel agents in the country.

It has put 22,000 jobs at risk, and forced the Civil Aviation Authority to launch the the biggest peace-time repatriation in history.

Reacting to the news, Forest Holidays said they were "saddened to hear of the collapse of one of the most well known names in the British travel sector".

It will offer complimentary cabin stays between today and Friday to everyone who was affected, subject to availability.

In-cabin entertainment will be included free of charge, whilst late check-out will be where available.

It said: "As a small British-grown company, we want to do our bit and help some of those who were due to travel this week.

"We hope our small gesture will help some of those affected this week."

Amongst its sites is Blackwood Forest, near Micheldever, which it says is a "tranquil woodland escape".

Cabins will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, whilst people willing to take up the offer are urged to contact complimentary@forestholidays.co.uk with proof of booking, contact telephone number, number of people travelling and prefered location.

More information can be found here.

Rhys Valdar, from Rooksdown, is currently in Cyprus with his fiancee Sammie waiting to hear how and when they're going to get home.

"We came out early morning on Sunday, it was last week we first heard there were issues.

"The company I booked with assured us that they would sort out any complications.

"We're meant to be flying back Saturday evening into Sunday morning to Gatwick, and so far we're waiting to hear any news on the Civil Aviaiton Authority's website about the change to our flight, but I can't see us knowing until Friday," he told the Gazette from his hotel.

He says he wasn't surprised that the company had gone bust, that he was not going to let it affect his holiday and "cross that bridge when we come to it".

However, Martin Lewis, founder of MoneySavingExpert.com, said that those currently on holiday shouldn’t worry: “In general those abroad now will be brought home once their holidays have finished.

“Most who haven’t travelled will have a route to get their cash back, but this unprecedentedly large repatriation and refund operation will not be without problems.

“The Government has said all British travellers who were due to fly back within the next two weeks will be brought home free of charge. Those who’ve already paid for their hotels abroad as part of a Thomas Cook package shouldn’t pay again. Yet that won’t stop a few uncertain and scared hoteliers overseas wanting money directly from British travellers to be doubly sure. This could leave UK tourists in sticky situations. If so, the Civil Aviation Authority has a helpline which should sort it for you.

“For those who’d booked future trips, ATOL and ABTA schemes should mean full refunds, but some, especially those who booked flights only, may be unprotected. Travel insurance won’t help for most, as travel company failure cover is rarely included as standard – though check your policy or give them a call.”

Martin said that if you don’t have protection from any of these ways, the next place to check is your card provider.

“Those who paid more than £100 on a credit card get Section 75 legal protection – which means the card firm is jointly liable with the retailer, so you can get your money back from it. However this may not work if you booked via an agency, or via certain PayPal transactions, as that break in the direct transactional relationship can stop it working – we wait to see how widespread that problem will be.

“If that happens, or you paid by debit card, instead ask your bank to do a ‘chargeback’. This isn’t a legal protection – it is a Visa, Mastercard and Amex rule where your bank gets your money back from Thomas Cook’s bank as you didn’t receive what you paid for. It should work for most people. Those who paid by other methods such as cheques or cash have very little protection sadly.”