MAKING A SPLASH: Four swim the Costa Blanca for a great cause

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FUNDRAISER: Home but not entirely dry Photo credit: Benidorm town hall

FOUR swimmers covered the 40 kilometres between Alicante City and Benidorm’s beach to help two brothers with Menkes Syndrome.

A fireman, a Guardia Civil, a Policia Nacional and a Policia Local undertook the sponsored swim to raise money to buy a chair with hoist for Francisco and Daniel, who are affected by a progressive deterioration of the nervous system.

The four men set out at night from the Postiguet beach in Alicante City, swimming in hour-long relays until they reached the Poniente beach in Benidorm.

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Taking less time than expected, they arrived to applause from Francisco and Daniel, their families and friends, Ana Pellicer and Jose Ramon Gonzalezas well as Maria Agripina Fernandez, president of Asmibe Benidorm’s association for those with disabilities.

While waiting for the four swimmers to arrive, members of the public took part in sponsored mini-swims of 300 and 500 metres but before the men set out, a spokesman explained that thanks to the generosity of sponsors, they had already raised enough money to buy the chair before setting out from El Postiguet.

“All the money they raised this morning will be donated to Asmibe and Villajoyosa-based Ahedysia,” he said.

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