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Rayo Vallecano to help elderly evicted woman

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Rayo Vallecano coach Paco Jémez announced on Saturday that the club would do everything they could to help an 85-year-old woman who was evicted from her home this week in Vallecas.

On Friday morning, Carmen Martínez Ayuso was evicted from her apartment where she had lived for 50 years after her son defaulted on a loan while using the property as collateral.

Carmen, a widower since 2007, had co-signed a €40,000 euro loan for her only son Luis Jiménez Martínez when he lost his job four years ago.

After the family was unable to make payments, they received their first eviction notice last month because the house she had lived in for the majority of her life was put up as collateral.

"I know there are a lot of cases like this. The worst time for a family is when they are kicked out of their home," Jémez told a press conference.

"She is a woman who had been living in her home for fifty years and has been evicted because she did something she must be credited for - acting as a guarantor for her son - which we would all do.

"Her situation must be considered and brought to everybody's attention.

"We are not going to sit still and watch. We're going to help the woman. Not just me, but also the coaching staff and all the players.

"We're going to help her as best as we can, give her a hand finding a decent place to live and make sure she doesn't feel she has been left alone."

Jémez added: "The club will probably hold a press conference next week to outline the initiatives we are going to take to help Carmen out.

"I'm very proud to be able to lend her a hand and I would like to help more people, but that's not possible.

"This situation concerns us as it involves a woman from the neighbourhood and as a club we cannot let the opportunity pass."

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