Spanish student’s rays of sunshine

Spanish student Francisco Alcaide Soler and manageress Denise Lee at Ray of Sunshine, The Crescent, St Annes.
Spanish student Francisco Alcaide Soler and manageress Denise Lee at Ray of Sunshine, The Crescent, St Annes.
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A ST ANNES charity has welcomed a new member to its staff – a Spanish law student.

Francisco Alcaide, 20, from Valencia, has joined Ray of Sunshine, as he plans to raise money for a charity close to his heart.

The Crescent-based charity sends children and their families on holidays.

Francisco said: “I have come over for the summer for two reasons, one to practice and learn English, but the second, and more important reason to me, is to raise money for a charity near Valencia.

“It is a youth group called Juniors, which helps to send children on camping trips and small holidays, to enjoy a break from their current standard of living.”

Francisco, who starts his third year of five in September at The University of Valencia, added: “The situation in Spain at the moment is very bad. Children are suffering a great deal.

“There is no social security, no benefits, and I want to give them some hope.”

The student hopes to raise money on his Fylde coast travels to donate to Juniors and establish a link between Ray of Sunshine and Juniors in the future.

David Lee, manager at Ray of Sunshine, said: “Francisco has been a fantastic help in his time here already and I’m sure it will continue until he returns to Spain in September.

“We have already discussed some charity plans for the future, including a shoebox appeal nearer to Christmas, so that the kids at Juniors can wake up on Christmas morning and have a few toys and treats to play with.”

Francisco has enjoyed his time in England, but admits there is one downside: “At the moment in Valencia it’s 30 degrees!

“But the work here is important to me so I don’t mind.”

The Ray of Sunshine charity was established in 2004 to help children who are living with serious or life-limiting illnesses.

The charity asks children to think of a wish – and does its best to make it come true. For more information call (01253) 720710.