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Body of Alan 'Bundy' Clare expected home this weekend
5:38pm Monday 9th September 2013 in News
THE body of a Warrington man who died after falling from a balcony in Spain is expected to be returned this weekend after the community raised £11,000.
Friends, colleagues, teammates and residents have donated the money in just two days for the repatriation of Alan ‘Bundy’ Clare.
The 35-year-old, of Cabul Close, Orford, died in Benidorm on Friday when on a stag do.
It is believed he fell from the 14th floor of a hotel at the holiday resort attempting to get into his hotel room from a balcony.
Following the news of his death on Saturday morning, fellow players at Bank Quay Bulls rugby league club suspected he may not have travel insurance and decided to start fundraising.
By Saturday night, more than £4,000 had been raised.
Chairman John Barry said: “On Saturday hundreds of people came into the club to pay their respects.
“We thought if everyone that came in donated a pound we might be able to raise £1000 to help his family with costs of repatriation, and the funeral.
“We just wanted to soften the blow for his mum and dad as it’s the worst thing you can imagine for a parent to bury their child.
“A message was put on Facebook and a text was sent out.
“Everyone here has been shocked by the response.
“It has gone above and beyond anything we expected and just shows how popular Bundy was.”
The hooker had been an academy player at Salford City Reds before joining Bank Quay 15 years ago.
Part of the money raised has been donated by rival teams, while t-shirts are also being made in his memory.
The sum will pay for repatriation and funeral with arrangements being made.
Friends say any money left over will go to charities and community groups.
Mr Clare was last seen on Wednesday night enjoying a curry in Manchester and was said to be looking forward to the break to Spain.
For tributes and a full report see Thursday’s Warrington Guardian.
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