A GROUP of volunteers have walked from Vera Playa to Mojacar and back in an effort to raise funds for a British expatriate’s treatment for a chronic illness.
The walkers made the 32-kilometre journey as part of ongoing efforts for Paul’s Fight to Walk. The fundraising drive was set up for Paul Morrison, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) last year.
The group set out from the Laguna Bar Restaurante venue in Vera Playa complete with water, food and first aid supplies at around 7.30am last Sunday.
They donned orange clothes and accessories, the colour of the MS society. Members of the outfit also turned out in fancy dress for the trek and carried buckets to collect donations from people along the way.
Costumes included Ab Fab’s Patsy and Eddie, The Flexible Chef, Iceland Crew, 201 Girls and Elvis Presley.
Two raffles were held later in the day at the Laguna Bar Restaurante when the walkers returned from the trek. Live music from Danius and Brendan O’Dee also featured at the bar.
These, the hike and sponsorship raised several thousand euros for Paul’s Right to Walk, the group said in a statement to Sol Times.
More than €34,000 (£30,000) of the roughly €45,400 (£40,000) needed for Morrison’s medical treatment has been raised in total so far, they added.
A Go Fund Me page set up as part of fundraising efforts has already made €22,984 (£20,248). Paul Morrison, a plasterer and builder, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in April 2017.
The 45-year-old father of three now walks on crutches and struggles to converse. , according to his wife Claire.
She previously told Sol Times the money was needed to pay for Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation treatment in Moscow.
The procedure is currently unavailable in Britain and Spain.