Elvis champ gives hunk o’ help to Costa Blanca animal charities

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ELVIS TRIBUTE: Simon Patrick brought a sell out crowd to the fundraising event.

THE long-awaited return of Simon Patrick, European Elvis Tribute Champion, came to fruition at the Hostal Rural in Turre recently.

Helping Hands, based in Lorca and Aguilas, along with Puppy Rescue, worked together with Saving Animals Spain (SAS), a new, local organisation currently in the process of registering legally, to put the show together.

The event was a complete sell-out two weeks prior with proceeds dedicated to continuation of the groups’ dedicated work of rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing needy animals in the region. SAS are actively working with a local, Spanish-run refuge that is just about to move to larger and more suitable premises in the local area.

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Despite being horrendously delayed on his 247-kilometre journey to the event due to a serious traffic accident, Simon, undaunted, and an animal lover himself, persevered, understanding how important this event was for the charities. DJ Steve King admirably saved the day with his organisational skills and had guests rocking with various dance competitions.

A special, tasty buffet of hot and cold dishes kindly prepared by Hostal Rural in Turre was enjoyed by everyone. Raffle Prizes were donated by local supporters and businesses and alone raised an amazing €511. The charities would like to thank all those who contributed so kindly and are pleased to announce a grand total, after marketing expenses, of €2,497 was raised for the charities.

Helping Hands and Saving Animals Spain are already selling tickets for their next joint venture on September 19, an evening with the number one international Neil Diamond tribute artiste, JJ Jones, and some tables are already reserved. This is expected to be another sell-out concert so please book early.

To avoid disappointment, tickets can be reserved by calling 600 796 684 or 634 456 701

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