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Thousands raised for balcony fall man Alan Clare from Warrington

Alan Clare
Image caption Thousands of pounds has been raised for Alan Clare who died in a fall

Almost £10,000 has been raised in two days to help fly back the body of an amateur rugby player who died in a fall from a balcony in Spain.

Alan Clare, 34, from Warrington, Cheshire, died on Friday as a result of the injuries he sustained in Benidorm.

An appeal was launched to bring his body back to the UK and the money raised in 48 hours.

John Braddish, of Bank Quay Bulls, where Mr Clare played rugby, described the response as "overwhelming."

He said one man had donated £1,000 and another club brought in £800 after a collection.

Mr Braddish said: "At the moment we don't know what happened to him, until his friends come home. All we know is that he was away with his friends from school."

'Close-knit side'

He said Mr Clare, who was known as Bundy, had played for the club since it formed 17 years ago and he was popular and well liked.

"We're a close-knit side," he said.

"Everybody supports each other through the good times and the bad times - like this. The thing is with Bundy is if someone else had died like this, he'd be raising money for them."

He thanked the community in Warrington for raising money in such a short space of time.

The supporters said they hoped the money raised would be enough for Mr Clare's family to fly his body back home.

A fundraising event will take place at the Bank Quay Social Club in Warrington on Friday.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: "We can confirm the death of a British national on 6 September and we are providing consular assistance."

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