Costa Blanca HELP charity thanked by British Ambassador

Published:  28 May at 6 PM
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Expat volunteers were thanked by the British Ambassador to Spain during an event held at an Alicante hotel.

In attendance were members of a number of expat volunteer groups in the Costa Blanca, with the Ambassador thanking them for their help in making his and his staff’s tasks in support of British expats far easier. HELP president Christine Baillie and her office manager Joan Mitchell were two of the group representatives who attended the meeting and were thanked by the Ambassador, who is stepping down from his post later this year.

The HELP charity provides free assistance at home to expats of all nationalities living in the region who’ve suffered illnesses, hospitalisation, or injury and are finding recovery with no assistance hard to manage. Volunteers provide home help, drivers, auxiliary and qualified nurses, carers and translators across an area within a 20km radius of Torrevieja. Expats in the region don’t always have family members or close friends on hand when they need help, and the charity also helps long-term family carers who need some respite.

The essential service is based on the UK’s home help/district nurse system, using both medical volunteers with qualifications and non-medically qualified carers as necessary. Support is given to expats suffering from Alzheimer’s, strokes, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and Huntingtons Disease, and the charity is always looking for more volunteers, with or without formal qualifications. The charity is funded by donations as well as sponsorship and has 120 volunteers in addition to pharmacists, translators and a Spanish advisor, and it’s now hoping to expand its services to cover Alicante Valencia.
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