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Costa resident launches fundraiser for hero firefighter’s family

Members of the public are being asked to donate to an online campaign for the family of a man who died fighting the recent fires in Estepona

ASH MAER

An Australian expat is appealing for help to raise €10,000 for the family of a firefighter who died in the Estepona fires last month.

Graham Pagden has so far raised €8,345 euros after launching the Go Fund Me page for Carlos Martínez Haro - the firefighter who lost his life battling the Sierra Bermeja blaze.

The father of two is now appealing for SUR in English readers to help him reach his fundraising target.

Graham, 51, who has lived in the Acedia Valley, near Casares, since 2011, said: “As you already know on the Sierra Bermeja we had one of the worst fires in Spain’s history and very sadly one of the firefighters that went up to fight the fires did not come back.

“So I thought as a father of two children of the similar age as those of Carlos, how sad it is that they will never get to see their father again. It really touched me, so I thought maybe we can make life a little better for them by donating money and also it could be a way for us as neighbours from the Sierra Bermeja to show how much we appreciate the sacrifice he had to make.”

He added that 100 per cent of the money raised will be going to the wife and children of Carlos.

“So far we have had donations from all sorts of people, from my kids giving €5 out of their piggy banks to an anonymous donor giving €2,500!”

Graham explained that his family were lucky to escape the fires unscathed.

He continued: “The fire was in the top end of our valley but luckily the wind was taking it parallel to us, although there was a point where it looked like we could have been in trouble as the wind was constantly changing. I had my car packed up with all my belongings ready to evacuate from the third day onwards!”

To donate visit www.gofundme.com/f/para-la-familia-de-carlos-martnez-haro