Spanish soccer club Rayo Vallecano offers to pay old woman's rent
An 85-year-old Madrid woman was evicted from her home after her son used the house as collateral to take out a loan, but thanks to generosity of a local soccer club, she'll get to stay in her house.
Carmen Martinez Ayudo was shocked when police showed up to remove her from her home in Madrid's working class Vallecas neighborhood. She had no idea that her son, who acquired the house after the death of his father, had used the property to take out a $50,000 loan.
When Rayo Vallecano, the neighborhood's soccer club, learned of Ayudo's situation, they promised to pay her rent for the rest of her life.
"We’re not going to stand around and do nothing, we’re going to help this woman," Paco Jémez, the team's coach, said, according to The Guardian. "Not just me but the technical team and the players. We’ll give her a hand to find a place where she can live in dignity and not feel abandoned."
According to CNN, evictions in the first six months of this year rose 17 percent compared to the same period last year.
Rayo Vallecano is the third-most popular club in the city, behind Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, but this act of kindness could earn them a few new fans.
- Dan Gartland