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Wednesday, 6 September, 2000, 23:37 GMT 00:37 UK
Seventh Castaway quits island
Taransay Island
Taransay: Seven of the original 36 castaways have left
A seventh member of the group marooned for the BBC's Castaway 2000 programme has left the isolated island after feeling homesick for her family.

Hilary Freeman, a 52-year-old mother of three, decided to return to her Scarborough home after eight months on the windswept Hebridean island of Taransay.

A BBC spokesman said her decision had been prompted by the islanders' brief reunion with their families last month.

Mrs Freeman, who left the island last Thursday, was the latest in a string of departures and leaves 29 of the original 36 castaways still on Taransay.

A spokesman for the programme's production team said: "We can confirm Hilary has left the island.

Carey family
The Carey family claimed they had been bullied

"This is not a snap decision, she had been thinking about it for some time.

"It was seeing her family during visitors' week that was the final straw and made her realise she wanted to be with them."

Mrs Freeman was later reunited with her husband, John, and children Melanie, 21, Claire, 18, and John, 14.

The show's executive producer, Jeremy Mills, said: "Hilary was a fantastic person who had a lot to give to the community and her decision was taken after a lot of careful consideration.

"She epitomises the best aspects of the project in her reasons for leaving, which will feature in the next batch of programmes.

"She went away without her family to try her hand at survival, and ultimately it's that whole process and the decision she made that will make such interesting viewing."

Mrs Freeman, who worked as a pupil support assistant in schools with children suffering from emotional and behavioural problems, was regarded as one of the quieter members of the Castaway team.

Contrasting departures

The manner of her departure was a sharp contrast to that of retired builder Ray Bowyer in March. He was sent home to Manchester in disgrace after brawling with his colleagues.

He was followed in July by the group's only gay member, Ron Copsey, and then the Carey family in August, who claimed they had been bullied because of their religious beliefs.

The remaining 29 castaways have four more months before the end of the year-long experiment.

The group members were selected from a total of 4,000 people.

They were given psychometric tests and a series of physical exercises and challenges to test their suitability for the programme.

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