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The Spanish seaside resort, which has traditionally been a popular holiday destination for British families, is said to now be a shadow of its former self as tourists are not expected to be allowed to travel there again until at least mid-June. However, the long-year deadly pandemic has already taken its toll on many British people who moved to Benidorm to start a new life with their families. The British Business Association of Benidorm, which manages the food bank, also said it was at one point feeding 100 families, most of whom were British, as the pandemic raged across the country.

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Lindsey Evers, 45, who started a hospitality business with her partner Peter Chadwick, has said they are "one step away from living in the street" following the recent lockdown.

She added they have also started an online patronage page in order to return to Britain after their "disastrous" year.

Ms Evers told Spanish news website 20 Minutos: "We rely on charity and goodwill to put food on the table for us and the children.

"We have been legal residents here for years, we work hard and pay our taxes.

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The Spanish resort of Benidorm has seen a huge hit to the livelihoods of expats living thereThe Spanish resort of Benidorm has seen a huge hit to the livelihoods of expats living there (Image: GETTY)

"Now we are one step away from living in the street.

"The coronavirus has been an absolute disaster for us and for many other Brits who moved to Benidorm and had made a good life here."

Ms Evers added the couple has only 20 euros in their bank account at the moment.

They are also facing eviction from their two-bed apartment within weeks, and so are now relying on food donations from other expats.

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The pandemic has already taken its toll on many British people who moved to Benidorm to start a new lifeThe pandemic has taken its toll on many British people who moved to Benidorm to start a new life (Image: GETTY)

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Mr Chadwick added: "The Benidorm British Business Association is helping us with gas money so we can take our daughter Charlee from our house to her school and we are being fed thanks to their food bank."

The president of the British Business Association of Benidorm, Karen Maling Cowles, added she was shocked at the amount of people she saw "struggling" during the pandemic.

She said: "I never thought I would see so much sadness and so many people struggling.

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