We reported yesterday that Swiss Air were imposing prohibitive baggage charges that threatened to stop viola player Jo Watts from taking donated instruments to children who were dying of cancer. This morning, after an international outcry, everything changed.
Here’s what we’ve just heard from Jo:
‘Felix Rodel, the UK Director of Swiss Air called me and told me that not only are they going to charge me only £115 in total for the excess, but I can now take 3 suitcases, not just the 2! I of course burst into tears and have only just stopped crying. What a triumph! I mean really a huge triumph. I have the powers of the people to thank. I can now take even more instruments and goodies for the children. I am ecstatic! Thank you Norman for all your support! Power to the people I say!’
Jo’s partner Chris Fish, adds: ‘This extra suitcase means she can take ALL the things donated and not leave any behind.’
Thank you, Slipped Disc readers, for all your support. We have asked Jo to send us a report on her work with the children.
I went to see Traviata at ENO last night. Jo was playing in the pit. Just another day in a musician’s life.