THE Olive Press has launched a fundraising campaign to help the family of Fatima Dorado Para, the mother-of-three tragically killed in a hit-and-run in Marbella.
Kind-hearted readers have stumped up nearly €2,000 in under a week to help widower Tomas Ramirez Yampara bring up their one-year-old daughter Katherine.
He is currently unable to work and is facing thousands in repatriation costs.
The Bolivian construction worker told the Olive Press he has already had to pay €7,000 to fly Fatima’s body to her home town of Santa Cruz, in Bolivia.
The Gofundme appeal will also support her 19-year-old daughter Carla Mishel and 15-year-old son Sebastian, who live in Bolivia with their father Silvio.
“Thank you for your support,” Tomas said. “It has been a difficult few weeks for us but it is comforting to have so much support from your generous readers.”
Dorado, 40, was killed on May 9 when notorious Costa del Sol figure Westley Capper, 38, hit her with his Bentley as she walked home from her job at Alabardero Beach Club, where she had been working for six months, in San Pedro.
Fellow waiter Jose Barra, 39, told the Olive Press how ‘devastated’ he was when he heard the news.
“She was such a nice person and worked incredibly hard,” Barra said.
“I usually drove her home but tragically couldn’t that night. It’s such a shame, she will be missed by all of us.”
Capper – who has also been charged with the unlawful detention of Latvian expat Agnese Klavina – has now pleaded guilty to drink driving and remains in Alhaurin prison.
He appeared to be wearing flip flops while sources claimed he had been taking cocaine and went for a curry straight after the crash.
Launched in conjunction with British expat Rachel Sutcliffe-Kenneally, the Fatima Fund aims to raise €10,000 – and more if possible – to help make up for the way the family has been torn apart by a reckless British expat.
“We hope to help the family through this traumatic time,” Estepona-based make-up artist Sutcliffe-Keneally explained. “I felt compelled to help in any way I could and knew the Olive Press would be happy to set it up with me.
“Being a mother of two young children myself, this broke my heart and I knew I needed to do something.”
To donate visit www.gofundme.com/24hx5ks