1. That you will volunteer to help HAH care for people or raise funds to help us to care for people in their own homes. 2. That you will offer to run a fund-raising event for HAH, or sponsor one of our events, or become a long term sponsor. 3. That you can offer HAH some FREE dry, secure ground floor storage. If you can grant any of our wishes, please contact Lesley on 968 134 978 or email HAH on firstname.lastname@example.org
We are pleased to say that March was a much quieter month for our Caring team, as our nurses have managed to get a lot of our clients back on their feet and discharged from our care. Having said that, they are still averaging 40 hours per week, visiting clients in their homes, and helping with a multitude of health issues. Our fundraisers have also been extremely busy, working hard at so many different events, raising funds to enable our FREE home care to help people in their own homes following illness. We have almost reached our first goal, and will be taking legal advice this month regarding offering employment to our Nurses. This month we have raised almost 2.000€ and our thanks go to P.J.’s Bar for hosting Pig Racing, Café Golf, Table top sale, Fitzers Pig Racing, Serena Hotel Spa, Fun day, Costa Calida Golf, sponsored event, and the weekly Bingo event at La Zona bar. Carol and Norman also run our 2nd hand book stall at La Zona every Wednesday 2-4pm during the Bingo, and our thanks to all our fantastic team for their hard work, and the bars, businesses and the general public who continue to support us. Lots more fun events April with Time Out, San Javier April 5 @ 3pm. Nearly new fashion show with Zigi and Les Girls. 2€ entrance and buffet. All clothes on sale after the show. April 15th Kye James sings at The Arches 7.50€ to include buffet. April 18th Cheese and wine tasting plus tapas etc. at Campbells in Roda 1.30pm 10€. Horse Race at Time Out in San Javier on Saturday April 30th 8pm start. Food available. Our Nurse will be available to discuss your health issues at Roda Social Club on Thursday April 7 at 12.15 to 1.15pm tel; 633 673 034 or just pop along.If you have any good quality furniture to sell, contact Brenda on 648 735 540. We now have a full line up of acts for our concert, Rocking in Roda on Sunday June 5th. Tickets will be on sale next week at just 10€ to include barbecue, salads etc. Tel Celia on 968 574 576 or Pam on 968 582 535.If you would like to join our team, and become one of our active volunteers, please email us on email@example.com or call Lesley 968 134 978 or Jackie 968 575 231 for information.
What began as a bit of banter between two members of the Sierra Golf Society in Balsicas, ended up as a fund-raising event of MABS Murcia/Mar Menor. The joint owner of the Lakeview Bar & Restaurant, Alan Currell (who happens to be receding at the front and normally has his head shaved), was challenged by Roger Bowen, who is Vice Captain of the Sierra Golf Society, to grow his hair so that everyone could see what he looked like with a ‘comb-over’. Alan’s quick retort was that he would do this if Roger had all his hair shaved off. When Roger started having second thoughts, Dave Higgins (SGS’s Competitions Secretary) stepped in and volunteered to have his head shaved, alongside him, but only if it was for a good cause. SGS members quickly decided to raise funds for MABS Cancer Support Group in the Murcia region and they set off to obtain sponsorship for the event and the residents of the Sierra Golf development came up trumps, together with members of the Sands Bar Golf Society, of which Roger is a member. “Cancer is something that we have all had a brush with at some time in our lives, personally or through friends or family,” said Dave “and we know what good work MABS does in Murcia and in all the Costas, so the choice was easy”. On the fateful day, it must have felt somewhat like ‘pistols at dawn’ as Dave and Roger arrived to bravely face the barber’s chair. Alan obliged by taking off Roger’s hair with a set of clippers, especially sharpened for the occasion; he cringed as each treasured lock fell to the ground. Dave Higgins was next in to face the chair and Tony Brown (SGS Secretary) stepped in to act as the ‘Barber of Sierra’. But their bravery was rewarded by raising the great sum of 250€ for MABS and a race night fundraiser planned at the Lakeview Bar soon afterwards which raised a further 211€.Everyone is looking forward to two months time when Alan from the Lakeview will have grown his ‘comb-over’ hairstyle – watch this space for the photos! “It is amazing how what started out to be a joke has turned into something that will benefit the people that we help in the Murcia region” commented Lyn Baines, MABS Director “I’m looking forward to seeing Alan’s comb-over too!” MABS Murcia/Mar Menor helps all people in the Murcia/Mar Menor area who are affected by cancer, providing drivers, translators, information leaflets, equipment, a listening ear, or a shoulder to lean on. If you want to volunteer, donate or you need help, you can contact MABS on 693 275 779 or visit their website: www.mabsmurcia.com
HAH Help at Home, the voluntary free charity which offers short term help to those struggling to cope, are now launching a FREE help service, for advice on health issues. If you have any worries, come along and have a chat with our Clinical Advisor. The 'surgery' will be held monthly at the Roda Social Centre (opp. Campbells Restaurant) starting on Thursday March 10th at 11.30. Just come along, no appointment is necessary and private discussions can be arranged . In an adjacent room, we will also be welcoming new volunteers to HAH, so if you would like to join our growing team of active and dedicated volunteers, come and have a chat with us. We have now helped over 40 people in 4 months, our youngest being 10 and our oldest well in her nineties. Last week our nursing/caring volunteers put in 64 hours, and this is anticipated to be in the high 70's next week. Along with our fantastic fundraisers, this is well over 100 hours a week that our volunteers are giving freely to help people who are struggling. Some of our clients need a little help, but others require more, so if you would like to help us help others, come along on Mar 10th, or telephone Jackie on 968 575 231. Over 1.000€ was raised last month by various events and donations and we applaud everyone who is giving and helping in so many ways. All money raised is going back into the community, paying volunteers expenses, home printing etc., and the Nurses fund is growing steadily. If you would like further information, or to become a volunteer. come along on Mar 10th, or visit our website www.helpathome.es., email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vulnerable residents get support from Spanish social services and local associations The British Consulate, the Diputación of Alicante and the Alicante Social Welfare Department (Bienestar Social) yesterday hosted a workshop for local English speaking associations and Spanish social services. The workshop forms part of a project called ConeXiones, which aims to connect different groups and promote joint working and communication to better support vulnerable residents in Alicante. The workshop was focused on round-the-table activities to enable social services and local associations to discuss case work, learn about the different services that each of them offers, and get to know each other better. Both social services and local English speaking associations were impressed and surprised at the different services available, and learnt about resources that they had not previously been aware of. Matilde Sanchez from the Alzheimer’s Association of Torrevieja said: ‘For me, the most helpful aspect was talking to the different social services and finding out the different services they could offer. When we discussed case studies, I was delighted to find out that the social services at my table were able to offer a concrete solution to a difficult case I am currently dealing with.’ From the social services side, feedback was also positive. The social worker, Carolina, from Los Montesinos said: ‘I’m really pleased about the information I have gathered, it will be beneficial for the residents of my area. The atmosphere has been fantastic, making connections between different groups is extremely important.’ The British Consul, Paul Rodwell, commented following the event: ‘I was really impressed and motivated by the enthusiasm that we saw today. Both associations and social services seemed really keen to take this to the next level, and start cooperating on a local level with regular meetings’. He added: ‘The discussions on the tables around case work was also very encouraging – I was amazed to see how my group were able to come up with solutions for extremely difficult cases when they put all their expertise together.’ The event was opened by the Diputada for European Residents, María Asunción Prieto, and Maribel Pastor, the director of services for the Alicante Social Welfare Department, who both gave their support to the initiative. The provincial director of the Alicante Social Welfare Department, Alberto Martinez Díaz said he was pleased to see so many different associations and social services represented. The event, held in Rojales, was attended by associations including HELP Vega Baja, Age Concern, the Royal British Legion, the Alzheimer’s Association of Torrevieja, and Puma 22 in their new role as Help at Home.
Due to the rapid growth of the HAH, Help At Home charity, it was decided just before Christmas that it would be better to stand alone, and after discussion with the President of HELP Murcia Mar Menor we are happy to announce that we have registered as a separate charity. The founder of HAH, Lesley Eburne, said that because of the enormous success of the charity, we found that we were putting extra pressure on an already stretched HELP Murcia Mar Menor team. Although we will no longer be part of HELP we will of course continue to work closely alongside them. Lesley thanked the President of Help MMM, Elaine Dale, for all the support and help she has given over the past four months. In reply Elaine Dale said at HELP Murcia Mar Menor we are delighted that we were able to help HAH in establishing their charity. They are now in a position to supplement the work begun several years ago by HELP MMM and we are confident that we will be able to continue together our objective of helping all members of the public who are in need of a variety of types of assistance. There are many people in Spain struggling to cope when faced with medical difficulties, some of whom have been helped by PUMA 22 (Platform Users Medical Area 22), either through lobbying or by direct assistance. Now after discussions with HAH Help at Home, PUMA are in the process of setting up a similar group in the South Costa Blanca area, and have asked HAH to assist them. Once formed the Group would operate as a charity in its own right, independent of PUMA22, within the Valencia region, with the same aims as the original HAH, by giving “a little help to those in need”. Lesley said that we are very proud of the fact that PUMA have recognised the work we are doing and that they want to continue our good work in their area and we will of course assist them wherever possible. If you would like information on any of the above organisations visit their websites atwww.helpathome.eswww.helpmurciamarmenor.orgwww.puma22.org If you are struggling to cope and need our help, please call the HAH line on 633 673 034 or If you would like to join our caring team of volunteers please call Lesley on 968 134 978 or email email@example.com. If you wish to volunteer for the Torrevieja/Orihuela area, please call 659 245 552 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Iceland, San Javier has nominated MABS Murcia/Mar Menor as its charity for 2011, and has already kick-started their sponsorship in the lead-up to Christmas by raising a massive amount of 3694.06€. MABS volunteers were on hand to pack customers’ shopping, for a small donation, in the weeks before Christmas Eve and Iceland provided lots of great prizes for a Grand Christmas Draw. Martin Lawrence, from Customer Service, was tasked with selling the tickets and exceeded his personal target of 1500€ by bringing in an incredible 2200€. On Christmas Eve, young Lauryn McReynolds helped to draw the prizes, which included a halogen oven, a luxury hamper and lots of festive goodies. “I am amazed at how well our first event with Iceland has gone” commented Janet Bell, MABS Fundraising Co-ordinator. “Russell and his staff have pulled out all the stops to raise a fantastic amount for us and they have really embraced the spirit of fundraising. All our fundraisers enjoyed working with the Iceland team and are really looking forward to their next event.” Russell and Janet have lots of ideas for the coming year, including an Easter Egg Hunt, and we are sure to be seeing Team Iceland entering the fourth MABS Race for Life on 13 November in Los Alcázares. Keep checking the MABS website www.mabsmurcia.com and the local press for details of upcoming events. MABS Murcia/Mar Menor Director, Lyn Baines, added “We are honoured that Iceland has chosen to sponsor our charity and it’s an absolute pleasure to work with such a supportive group of people. Our volunteers did a great job packing bags and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience.“ MABS Murcia/Mar Menor helps all people in the Murcia/Mar Menor area who are affected by cancer, providing drivers, translators, information leaflets, equipment, a listening ear, or a shoulder to lean on. If you want to volunteer, donate or you need help, you can contact MABS on 693 275 779 or visit their website: www.mabsmurcia.com
Following the recent success of the HAH Help at Home team, we are now urgently seeking CARING VOLUNTEERS in the San Pedro del Pinatar area. We have now been offered the services of a qualified nurse in this area, and will be needing carers to assist her. You do not need qualifications, the only requirements are being able to offer a little practical help and maybe a shoulder to lean on. If you would like to find out more about HAH Help at home, visit our website www.helpathome.es. If you can offer a little time (to suit yourself) please either email email@example.com or tel: Jackie on 968 575 231 or Lesley on 968 134 978
We start the New Year with a big thank you to Celt Bar, Novo Cathargo, Fuego’s, British Supermarket, Sand Bar and Time Out, along with so many others who sold Lucky Numbers for us. Between you almost 1000€ was raised for HAH Help at home. This was an amazing effort especially with the economy being so poor, and on behalf of HAH and our many clients, thank you all so much. The Christmas and New Year period was very quiet as a lot of our volunteers and clients went back to’ enjoy the snow’ in the UK, and although we had made contingency plans, fortunately these were not needed. We are now almost back up to full steam, although we still have a few volunteers laid low with the dreaded bugs, and we wish them all a speedy recovery. Our team is still growing, and we have recently taken on three more carers and another nurse practitioner, so we now have 34 brilliant hard working volunteers. Our fundraising team are out and about setting up events for the New Year, and hopefully, we will come up with lots to interest everyone with fun times, and bargains galore, and to date we have arranged the following:- Thursday January 20th at La Zona Bar, Los Narejos. Table top Sale, Audreys tombola, books, bric a brac cards, clothes etc.10am setup, 11am start. Details from Celia. 968 574 576 Monday 31st January at FUEGO’s Los Urrutias. Volunteers meeting 11.30, followed by 2 course lunch (4.50€)at 1-1.30pm. Partners welcome for lunch. Tel: Lesley 968 134 978 Saturday February 6th at Time Out San Javier, our very popular Pig Racing the Crackling Stakes from 8pm. To book your Porky Platter, telephone Time Out on 968192 418 Monday February 14th, Valentines Day Day Dinner Dance at La Verdura, Sucina . Entertainment back by popular demand the wonderful Showaddywaddy Legends 15€ per head. Details from Lesley 968 134 978 or Heather 968 371 080. Monday February 21 at Campbells Restaurant Roda 10€ Italian themed cookery demonstration by Martin, followed by lunch.10€ea. Details and to book tel: Celia 968 574 576.Just a few to be going on with, others to follow shortly. We will also be starting a regular Book Sale at La Zona, Los Narejos on Tuesday afternoons. Details from Norman on 968 173 842. If you are struggling to cope and need our help, please call the HAH line on 633 673 034 or If you would like to join our caring team of volunteers please call Lesley on 968 134 978 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, visit our website www.helpathome.es
When we launched in September, we hoped to be able to raise 5000€ by Christmas, and thanks to all the help we have been given, we have done it!!. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us in so many ways, where would we be without you. The last few days have been extremely busy for the HAH team, as we have taken on 5 new clients, making our total 27 to date. Our nurse practitioner and carers have been kept busy, as every client’s needs are assessed before a care plan is put in place. Meanwhile, our super team of fundraisers have also been hard at it. December 1st saw our 1st ‘Pamper’ night held at Gala Hair and Beauty in Los Narejos. Natalie, Charlie and their team gave us lots of beauty care tips and demonstrations. The evening raised over 200€ with money still coming in from the raffle, Sucina Civic centre was the venue for the brilliant Showaddywaddy Legend band, and what a great act. Everyone was singing along and dancing to some great music. The atmosphere was electric, the buffet excellent, and HAH Help at Home and PADS shared an amazing 1100€. Our thanks to Heather (HAH) and Jenny (PADS) for arranging such a fabulous event. Monday December was our volunteers Christmas lunch, and not a raffle ticket in sight!!. Mike, Martin and the team at Campbells cooked a superb traditional Christmas dinner, and Terry Morgan (guitar/vocalist) was on hand to get the party swinging. Sorry to those of you on the waiting list, maybe next year we will do two!! Then on to Swishing at Lui’s Lounge at La Encina, St Javier, which raised 178€, and was a great success with books, cards, jewellery etc., also on sale Tony and Sharon did us proud with snacks and drinks from just 1€. This along with our ‘lucky numbers’ and shrapnel sacks bought the total to just over 1000€ in 10 days and our thanks go to everyone who helped us to achieve this,If you or someone you know is struggling to cope and needs a little help, call HAH on 633 673 034 Would you like to become one of our valued volunteers? If so, call Lesley on 968 134 978 or email email@example.com for an application form.For further information, visit our website www.helpathome.es.
Hah needs your help to help us help others Since our launch in September, we have helped so many people with a variety of problems, and are currently actively involved with 21 clients. There are many reasons why people are struggling to cope, these being mainly due to lack of mobility following an operation and other health problems. Just a couple of hours a week of your time could make such a difference for someone, and we now need more caring people who are prepared to help us visit people in their own homes. Our volunteers work in teams, and always after a client has been assessed by our qualified Nurse Practitioner. The volunteers’ abilities are then matched to the needs of the client, and a care plan is put in place. 90 years old Louise was experiencing difficulties and her family contacted Help at Home. HAH came to the rescue and now Louise wants to tell everyone how wonderful HAH is and how much she looks forward to the volunteers visits. She is returning to England shortly, so full of praise for all the help she has received from her ‘angels’ Unfortunately during the Christmas period we may only be able to help existing clients due to the family commitments of our volunteers but we will always try to help if we can. If you could offer some of your time, please telephone Jackie on 968 575 231, Lesley on 968 134 978 (679 644 172) or if you need HELP, call the HAH help line on 633 673 034.You can also email your details on firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, visit our website on www.helpathome.es
MABS Cancer Centre is hosting a Ladies' Pamper Evening on Thursday, 16 December from 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm. Ladies will have hair, make-up, perfume, beauty and reflexology demonstrations and a chance for some retail therapy at the same time. Lyn BainesDirectorMABS Cancer Support Group - Murcia/Mar Menorwww.mabsmurcia.com
Collaboration and Integration in the Spirit of Christmas When MABS Murcia/Mar Menor planned their 'craft fayre with a difference' back in April, they hadn't anticipated that it would cause disappointment for the Asociación de Vecinos de Oasis. The Asociación normally holds an annual Christmas Fayre at the Centro Municipal Las Claras towards the end of November, at the same time as the MABS Fayre had been booked. When they discovered the clash, they approached MABS Director, Lyn Baines, who offered them a solution: the result was a craft fayre with a Christmas flavour. The Asociación provided Glühwein, Christmas cakes, snacks and hand-made table decorations, and MABS stands displayed pottery, mosaics, jewellery, art, turned wood gifts, cards, pickles, home-made pastries, lavender bags, shawls and glitzy evening crochet items. "It all worked out really well" said Lyn. "It was great to have English, Spanish, German and Scandinavian nationalities mingling and getting into the festive spirit and we've made a good alliance with the Vecinos de Oasis members, who are keen to collaborate on more events in the future. They have also kindly offered assistance with translations, so this has been a worthwhile exercise." Zigi and her ladies enhanced the afternoon with a lively and professional fashion show, modelling clothes from the new retail area at the MABS Cancer Centre in San Javier, which went on sale to the visitors to increase the funds already raised. "The afternoon was a great success and we're planning another one in the spring of 2011." commented Janet Bell, MABS Fundraising Co-ordinator. "We raised 515€ on the day, which is a splendid total in the current economic climate. We'd like to thank Centro Muncipal Las Claras and all the exhibitors for supporting this event." MABS Cancer Centre in San Javier offers information, counselling and therapy treatments to all those affected by cancer in the Murcia region. MABS plans to have a lymphedemist available once a month at the MABS Therapy Room, so please contact them on 615 016 035 if you would like to be included on this programme. There is also an excellent retail area that supports these activities, selling top quality clothing, accessories, bric-a-brac, books, CDs and DVDs; if you have items to donate or would like to help out at the Centre, please call 615 016 035 for further information. MABS Murcia/Mar Menor helps all people in the Murcia/Mar Menor area who are affected by cancer, providing drivers, translators, information leaflets, equipment, a listening ear, or a shoulder to lean on. If you want to volunteer, donate or you need help, you can contact MABS on 693 275 779 or visit our website: www.mabsmurcia.com
It is with immense pleasure that PALS announce that this year they have been elected by the Ayuntamiento in Mazarron, Murcia to handle the sales of the commemorative Fiesta book. This is a singular honour as each year a different organisation is selected to distribute the programme with all proceeds of the sales allocated to the distributing agency and for the first time a foreign charity has been selected. The presentation of the book to PALS for distribution is scheduled for 30th December at the new covered market in Mazarron at 12pm and thereafter the book will l be sold at 1 Euro a copy until the start of the Fiesta and gives full coverage of the events throughout Fiesta week. PALS only last week provided the 112 service in Mazarron with a catastrophe tent for use in emergency at a cost of 18,255 Euros, this was presented by the PALS Vice President Maureen Ferrari at the Sardine Festival on Bolnuevo beach on Sunday 21st November and brings the total donations of equipment from PALS is at 160,000 Euros over the past ten years. The equipment provided by PALS is to augment any shortfall in requirements identified by the Health Centres and emergency services in and around Mazarron. Ken Payne President of PALS stated that the recognition of the Ayuntamiento of the contribution of the expatriates towards the wellbeing of the area reflected the closer integration of those who have chosen to live in the beautiful Mazarron area.