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Homeless man from Medway found wandering streets of Spain

By Medway Messenger reporter

A group of ex-pats are calling for people to help bring home an elderly homeless man from Medway who has been found in Spain.

Graham Nobbs, 70, originally from Chatham, was found wandering the streets of the small town of Albanchez in Almeria by a local couple, Melissa and Ashton Corby, about a week ago.

Mrs Corby, 40, said: “We live in a tiny village in the mountains so when we saw Graham sitting in the town square with all his belongings we started talking to him to make sure he was okay.

Graham Nobbs (4700033)
Graham Nobbs (4700033)

“Once he starting telling us his story it was so sad and we invited him back to our home to help him.

“We asked if there was anything he needed. He just said he would love to have a wash.

“So he had a shower and we cut his hair, gave him a shave and some food.”

Mr Nobbs was last in the UK about 20 years ago but moved to France after his parents and brother died.

He ran out of money and so in 2000 decided to pack up his belongings and started moving around the country in his car.

He arrived in Spain in 2013 and after walking for five years he arrived in Albanchez.

He has estimated that he has walked more than 25,000 miles and worn out more than 100 wheelie carts throughout his time on the streets.

Graham Nobbs (4700035)
Graham Nobbs (4700035)

Now Mr and Mrs Corby have put together a GoFundMe page to raise money to help him get back on his feet.

The mum-of-two added: “When we brought him home he said it was the first time he had stepped foot inside a house for three years and I found that really sad.

“Nobody should be homeless, but especially not someone his age. It is awful.”

Mr Nobbs is now living with another couple in the Spanish town, who have helped him set up a bank account and access his pension. However, it is going to take around three months until he will receive any of his money.

The hope is that an online fundraising page will help him to get a passport, a national insurance number - and a pair of glasses.

If you would like to donate you can visit here.

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