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Walkers bring a change of air to Parkinson's centre

Walkers last weekend in Estepona.
Walkers last weekend in Estepona. / SUR
  • A charity walk in Estepona raised funds for a new air conditioning unit for the local association

A group of fundraisers are celebrating after raising 310 euros for the Parkinson's Association in Estepona last Sunday.

A total of 15 people and 10 dogs took part in the sponsored 8km family walk around the ruins of the Castillo del Nicio.

It was hoped the event would raise 300 euros for a new air conditioning unit for the charity's community room - and the volunteers managed to raise 310 euros.

The event was organised by British expat Michele Yanez-Bowker, whose mother, Violet Bowker, has Parkinson's.

Michele, 48, who is originally from London and has lived in Spain for 10 years, told SUR in English: "We had a brilliant walk; the weather was tremendous, as if we had booked it.

"We also had donations from four people that didn't walk and we made 310 euros. So yes we made our target and I'm absolutely delighted."

The President of the Parkinson's Association in Estepona, Carmen Ramos, also took part.

Carmen told this newspaper: "We are very happy with the donation. It will allow us to have air conditioning in the painting and crafts room, and thus provide a better service to people with Parkinson's.

"We liked the walk because the area is very familiar and everyone has been very nice to us. It's a fantastic initiative for our association and will help us to continue with our projects."

This is the fourth charity walk around Estepona that Michele has helped to organise through her Fun and Fund Facebook page.

The next walk will take place on Sunday 3 March and will be in aid of the newly formed Gatos de Manilva charity. The charity helps trap, neuter and release street cats in order to control their numbers in Manilva.