Players and staff of Madrid’s third La Liga Football Club Rayo Vallecano have stepped in to cover the living costs of 85 year old Carmen Martínez Ayuso who was evicted from her house in the Madrid neighborhood of Vallecas last Friday.
When hearing of her situation coach Paco Jémez said “We are not going to sit by and do nothing, we are going to help this woman.” They have now committed the club to paying her rent for the rest of her life.
Martínez Ayuso was evicted from her property, which is valued at €160,000, after her son, used it to guarantee a €40,000 private loan he took out last year. The family explains the son had borrowed the money to redecorate the house and sort out financial problems following his divorce and the loss of his job as a real estate agent. He inherited the deeds to the house after the death of his father seven years ago.
Martínez Ayuso, who is not able to read or write, didn’t know that she was facing eviction until the police visited the property a few days before the first attempt to throw her out was made last month, but now the football club have stepped in they have promised to find her another home ‘so she can live the rest of her life with dignity and not feel alone.’
However the pensioner says she has “no tears left after she spent them all saying farewell to a half-century of memories in her home.’ “I’ve spent my whole life working, getting up at 6am to earn a crust, just so at the last minute they come and take it all when the only thing I want is peace,” she says, clutching her walking stick.
But now her grandson Luismi is in charge of looking for an apartment that Rayo Vallecano can pay for. On Monday Madrid Mayor Ana Botella said City Hall would offer her access to social housing, though municipal social services also stated that the family had previously rejected its offer of help, saying that with the help of Vallecas Mortgage Victims Platform (PAH), they were going to try to stop the eviction.
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