“Don’t leave your colleagues alone”

The slogan with which the UK wants to fight the “balconies” in Magaluf: “Never leave your colleagues alone”

Don’t let a night out turn into a lifelong tragedy. With this in mind, the United Kingdom is promoting the campaign “Stay with your colleagues”which will be translated in Spanish as “Don’t leave your colleagues alone”, with the aim of raising awareness among tourists – especially young people – visiting destinations such as Magaluf about the dangers of balconies.

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he The UK Ambassador to Spain, Hugh Elliott, met on Tuesday with the Mayor of Calvia, Juan Antonio AmingualTo enhance cooperation between the two institutionsThis is to spread this campaign, as part of a joint effort that also includes entertainment venues, shops, and hotel facilities.

In statements to the media after the meeting held in the Calvia Vila town hall, Elliott explained that this awareness initiative, which has been implemented since 2019, stems from the following verification by the British authorities: The majority of this type of fatal accidents due to falls occur when the victim is alone. . Hence the slogan “Stay with your colleagues” was chosen.

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“What we want from this simple message is to avoid any kind of bad events in a destination that the British love. The British Ambassador said: “Let people have a good time and then they will remember the good things about Calvia.”He pointed out that the campaign focuses in particular, in addition to the posters, on social media networks, which is the ecosystem in which young people in particular move.

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Elliott found that in recent years, there has been a decrease in the number of accidents due to accidental falls from apartments or hotel facilities. A fact that also affected the Mayor of Calvia, who pointed out that last season ended in Magaluf without any deaths due to balconies.

Municipal cooperation

Amengwal expressed the City Council’s readiness to cooperate with this advertising campaign with the aim of conveying the message that a night of celebration should not become a night of tragedy.

he The mayor explained that the posters bearing the message “Don’t leave your colleagues alone”, accompanied by a series of tips for behaving safely during nights in Magaluf, It will be published in institutions cooperating with the initiative, in addition to being published specifically on social media networks.

On the website of this campaign promoted by the British government, testimonies are collected from English tourists who survived a fall that could have been fatal. This was the case, for example, Jack Jenkins, who suffered serious injuries in 2018 after falling from a balcony in Magaluf.

“I spent three years recovering from my fall and I’m still not 100 percent. “I spent a lot of time in hospital and had to undergo about five surgeries.”

Jack Jenkins. Victim of an accidental fall in Magaluf

“I spent three years recovering from my fall and I’m still not 100 percent. I spent a lot of time in the hospital and had to undergo about five surgeries. I don’t want anyone to go through what my family and I went through. That’s why I support this campaign that encourages people not to leave their colleagues alone. Don’t let your colleague go to the hotel alone. Stay together. I wish you a happy holiday!

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