Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah helps mother of seven-year-old boy return to the UAE

13 May 2020

Sheikh Saud bin Saqr replies to British boy’s letter with hand-written response

May 13, 2020, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates: His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, has directed concerned authorities to bring home to the UAE the stranded mother of a seven-year-old boy who wrote him a letter, telling them that the country will always be a beacon of humanity in this world.

Jessica Fitzjohn travelled to the UK more than 50 days ago to attend the funeral of her father but was unable to return because of travel restrictions related to the coronavirus outbreak.

Her son, Archie Appleyard, and husband, Richard, live in Ras Al Khaimah and the situation prompted Archie, a seven-year-old pupil at RAK Academy, to send a hand-written letter and drawing to H.H. Sheikh Saud explaining their predicament and asking for his help.

In the note, Archie recalled meeting H.H. Sheikh Saud with his classmates last year and said he remembered him as a “very kind, helpful sheikh”.

Archie Letter to Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah

H.H. Sheikh Saud personally responded to Archie and said he recalled meeting him.

“Dear Archie,” wrote H.H. Sheikh Saud. “Thank you for your letter, I enjoyed reading it. I remember meeting you and having a great day with you and your classmates.”

“I understand you miss your mommy very much and I am very proud of you for being a brave boy,” he wrote. “I hope bringing her home will make you smile.”

Under the guidance of H.H. Sheikh Saud and in cooperation with Government entities, Jessica arrived in the UAE in the early hours of Wednesday. All medical protocols were followed and she will enter a 14-day quarantine. The family, who are from the UK, said they were overjoyed to be together again, and they thanked the UAE Government.

“I am so happy to have my mommy back,” said Archie. “I can’t believe that this has happened and thank you so much to Sheikh Saud.”

Letter from Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah

Jessica expressed her gratitude to H.H. Sheikh Saud for facilitating her safe return.

“I can’t thank the Ruler enough for his kindness in organizing my return,” she said. “I will be so ever grateful for this moment. Thank you very much to everyone involved.”

Archie's mom arrives in UAE

Archie’s father, Richard, said everyone was overjoyed to be together again. “We are absolutely overwhelmed to have received a handwritten letter from His Highness. We are forever thankful.”

Archie’s letter to H.H. Sheikh Saud was accompanied by a drawing titled “the day my mummy comes back home to me” showing him and his father waiting as the plane carrying his mother arrived in the UAE.

“It has been 52 sleeps now that I have been apart from my mummy,” wrote Archie.

“I feel so sad because I have never been apart for this long and all I dream and wish for is my mummy’s return and our family to be back together in Al Hamra Village.”

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