Help at Home Costa Blanca were invited by Cruz Roja to a Presentation on Thursday 13th February in Alicante.
The invitation was for any people or groups who were involved in helping and assisting the Red Cross during the Dana /floods. Our President Carmen and General Secretary Patricia attended this event
Many of the services involved in the disaster were represented, including the Guardia Civil, The local police, and Fire Brigade. There were about 500 people in the audience mainly volunteers and employees of the Red Cross.
The main reason for the event, was to inform everyone about what had occurred. and what is still occurring. They showed the amounts of money involved and where the money came from and where it was spent.The Red Cross have spent 350,000euros so far and plan to spend another 250,000Euros in 2020.
On top of all the money they have raised, they have provided: furniture, Electrical goods, clothes, food, school equipment. They made a point of stating that many local people supported this collection, and distribution.
Our shop takings and the proceeds from the fundraiser we held also provided books and stationary for local schools who lost everything.
They showed a film of all the disaster zones, several Red Cross experts in planning and psychology explained some of the devastating effects for the people in our region. Including our contact in Orihuela Costa – Pilar.
We were extremely pleased to see the work that the Red Cross has undertaken, and that they plan to continue in 2020.
We have some great news to share with you. We have done it again!!
We have raised a Massive 10,000€ which was our target to help Adiem, so another big thank you to all our volunteers and generous supporters.
Adiem helps people with mental health problems become more independent. They wish to build an extension to extend their premises in Torrevieja which will cost 18,000€ and we said we would raise them 10,000€ towards this and we did !!
At the Christmas Fayre at the Emerald Isle on 10th of December, we will present the BIG cheque for 10,000€ to them for their extension.
Luis from Adiem confirmed the President and members of the executive, as well as volunteers will attend.
So we ask that as many of you attend from 11 until 4pm and buy from the stalls which will have delicious cakes, jams and sauces.
and , name the “Christmas Lion ” and many stalls will have Festive arts and crafts.
Hope to see you there ! Lucy
These are images of the devastation caused on 13th September 2019.
So we share some photographs with you of great people who volunteer and collected the school books, pencils rulers ,jotters for distribution at our shop in Cabo Roig .
Then the warehouse where the donations are collected and sorted for those who lost so much in the flooding.
Then a photo of one of the homeless men whom we have been helping regularly with some food,clothing and toiletries. Without HAHCB volunters and supporters this would not be possible – thank you all so much
The “Camino Girls” are seen presenting a cheque for 2,150€, the proceeds of their sponsored walk, to Joan and Jacky from the Quesada Branch of Help at Home Costa Blanca. They were joined by their 2 main sponsors, Mark Vincent from Vincent Real Estate and Clive Smith from Smart Currency Exchange.
The “Camino Girls”, Joan Bennett, Karen Palmer & Heather Meston walked the 116K walk from Sarria to Santiago, which is part of the St James Pilgrimage (Camino de Campostela), as part of their “bucket wish list”. They said it was an amazing experience especially the scenery, spiritual uplifting and the comradery of other pilgrims from all countries who they met on the way.
The girls said that it was not all a bed of roses – blisters, sore feet, aching legs but when asked if they would do it again they said “you bet!!” They are already planning to walk another section next year. After getting their “passport” stamped twice a day along the Way, on reaching Santiago they went to the office and received their certificates, which they say is a real honour.
Joan, Karen & Heather would like to thank everyone who donated so generously enabling them to exceed their target of 1,000€ by 100% and the charity, Help at Home Costa Blanca would like to congratulate them on their achievement and thank “the girls” for their kind generosity.
We cannot express how proud we are of the efforts of our volunteers and our supporters who helped us raise over 10,000€ to purchase 7 defibrillators for the local community.
We were contacted by the local police force who told us one of the 5 defibrillators we donated to the Orihuela Costa Police cars -was used by the local police the other day to save a man’s life.
The incident was the first where these life saving machine were put to the test.
The police were trained by the Red Cross to operate the device which Help at Home donated to them.
Carmen Perez President and Sheila Rowell Chief Welfare Officer, represented Help at Home Costa Blanca Charity today to receive a Diploma de Honor at the Cruz Roja awards day in Altea.
This is wonderful to receive this award as we helped fund a new ambulance for the Red Cross an d then we also raised funds for 6 defibrillators and gave one to the ambulance.
With the help and support of all our volunteers and local venues including most importantly the Emerald Isle who host many of our events, Sunshine FM who compere and Stevie Spit who works tirelessly for all the charities in the Orihuela Costa.
We welcomed the new Red Cross ambulance to this area and the Emerald Isle provided the bubbly those who attended .
The major of Orihuela attended and the Director of the Red Cross many volunteers and the generosity of the local residents and visitors to our wonderful part of Spain makes us feel eternally grateful.
A big thank you to Kathleen Vahey’s Family who came over from Ireland to be with us today.
The enourmous gratitude we feel for our volunteers and supporters who helped us achieve this fantastic result- we thank you all.
Since 2017 we started on a mission to make a tribute to Kathleen Vahey whom we sadly lost to an illness. In her memory we raised funds to purchase a mobility vehicle to help assist local people to appointments with the doctor or visit the clinic. The logistics proved to be too difficult so as a compromise we contacted the Red Cross and we donated 31,000EUR to them towards a new ambulance.
On 2nd April 2019 at 14.00 we all gathered at The Emerald Isle who have long been our supporters in our fund raising efforts.- to receive the first inspection of the new ambulance.
Sylvia our fund raiser also sold tombola and raffle prizes and we did name the soft toy Husky dog to raise money for more worthy causes.
Some happy memories below:-
Some great news for all our volunteers and supporters.
Today we received a note from Tony Mayes one of our volunteers who with his wife Eileen help the Homeless in our area.
Pictured is part of the latest donation of food, clothing, blankets, etc. which have been donated by members of the International Christian Assembly and Help at Home Costa Blanca for the homeless.
Eileen and Tony Mayes yesterday took a car load of items to a group of men living rough on waste land in Orihuela Costa.
The couple’s thanks go out to all church members and charity helpers who have contributed or helped in any way.
During the last few weeks of 2018 we worked together with Iceland sore in Torrevieja to raise money and receive food donations to help our local community.
We got a few trolleys of different food stuff which we distributed to the local families in need for the Christmas season and also raised money towards various causes we support.
Below is a couple of photographs of our hard working Volunteers