8 April, 2008

Alan’s Story……. My husband Alan was diagnosed with terminal cancer three and a half years ago. He battled valiantly against this horrendous disease. He attended Carlos Haya hospital during this time, undergoing an operation and enduring years of chemotherapy without complaint in order to prolong his life. The medical staff were fantastic and did all they could to help him. Sadly he lost his battle last December.  During the latter period of his illness we were told about CUDECA the cancer charity and told to go and register with them as they could help with palliative care. Alan’s doctor, Dr Benavidez also urged us to make contact with them. I made the first tentative steps in November of 06 and made an appointment for us to go to the hospice in Arroyo de la Miel. The building is quite impressive and the first feeling you have when you walk through the door is that of calmness. The staff in reception, mostly volunteers are all friendly and speak both Spanish and English (they may well speak other languages I do not know). On our first visit we met with the medical staff who, were all caring and could not do enough for us. We had a couple of further appointments to see how Alan and I were coping and they were very encouraging and you came away feeling that you were not alone. Anyone who has had experience of this wonderful charity will understand what I mean. In 2005 the hospice through donations, legacies etc opened a new wing the in-patients department. This is a self contained section in the centre. There are 9 rooms with en-suite facilities and private terraces. There is a small lawn, pergolas and a fish pond, views from the rooms and terraces are down to the Mediterranean, it gives out a feeling of peace and tranquillity in a place where there is real sorrow. There is a visitor’s room and a small place for people to have their own thoughts in worship together with the normal rooms for nursing staff and doctors. Whoever designed this place wants a medal as it is such a soothing and calming area. In September of last year Alan’s illness progressed rapidly and the wonderful doctor and nurse, Pablo and Oscar came out to see us in our own home. They were kind but I knew it was only a matter of time before Alan would leave me because they made me aware of this and said Alan should be in hospital. Three days before he died we took him into the in-patients department. The care and attention that is given from the compassionate staff is no understatement. I and our family were told what was happening and we can never ever thank them enough for making Alan’s last days as comfortable as is humanly possible in these horrid situations. We never paid a penny for all the treatment, visits or medication they gave us. We managed to raise over 1000euros in donations for the charity from family and friends who wished to remember Alan. So it was with shock and horror that I received a letter from the charity to say that sadly unless they can find further funding for this unit it may well have to close by the end of the year they have a shortfall in funding to the tune of 500.000 euro not a small sum. The letter in effect asked all who had benefited from their loved ones being in the hospice if they could contribute on an annual basis, this I will be doing. But it surely will not be enough so I am asking for help from anyone I can. CUDECA is a special place that is needed and will always be needed closing the in-patients department must not happen. Please can you help? By a donation or monthly/annual subscription anything!. to help this wonderful charity keep this unit open. One day you or one of your relatives may need their help. My heart is very heavy as I write this it is so important there is nothing else like the hospice here on the Costa del sol. Please Please Help. You can contact the charity directly their website is  look under donations for ways to pay. Or you can contact them by email   or phone 00 34 952564910.

Many Many thanks Jean Sampson. You can contact me directly on if you want any help. This article is written solely by me it is how I see the hospice through my own eyes. April 08 –  an update from the letter I have heard from Joan Hunt the Founder and president of CUDECA and she is totally in support for any funds we can raise for the in-patients department.



8 April, 2008

Every day, in every country across the globe, children go missing. This is fact. We all know this, we hear about high profile cases and spare a moment of our time to consider the pain and anguish being suffered by the families and we move on with our own lives. “Forever Searching”, a group of volunteers, made a decision – no longer would we ignore the issue of missing children and no longer would we carry on living our lives without making an attempt to get these children seen. We are asking you to do the same. Please take a few minutes out of your day and have a look at our site dedicated to missing children. Follow the link below: On our site you will find many missing children from around the world. All we are asking, is that you take a few minutes to take a look at the missing children from your country or any other country. Look into their eyes and ask yourself, if you can walk away without doing something to help raise awareness to them. Please help Forever Searching in achieving their aim, that no child should become just another statistic.
There are a number of ways that you can personally help a missing child:

    * Forward this mail to everyone in your address book.
    * You could print off a poster of a missing child poster and display them on a car window.
    * Put up a poster in your local shop window.
    * Put a poster up on your local community board at your local supermarket store and schools.
    * Display a poster in your office
    * Circulate this mail to all other offices associated with your company.
    * You could display the banner from our site, on your website.

These missing children are out there somewhere, someone knows where – please help us to bring them home, please.


Join Us here
Forever Searching, PO Box 8829, Oakham, LE15 0DP


7 April, 2008

The La Caixa Foundation signed an agreement with the Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice last Thursday to support the “Volunteers of the Cudeca Charity Shops 2008” project with a donation of 7.500 euros. The aim of the project, is to raise awareness of hard work carried out by over 300 volunteers in Cudeca’s 12 charity shops and to keep track of the new developments of each individual shop, to motivate the existing volunteers and encourage others to join.


31 March, 2008

You truly love dogs  and consider them  the most beloved member of the family? Then let him/her join us at the most amazing doggy event of 2008, organized by Triple A and Diva Dog  in the Feria Tent of San Pedro de Alcántara on Sunday, 13th of April.  Your best friend might win a spectacular gold dog collar, a series of wonderful trophies and many other prizes.  Just participate in the following competitions “The best trick”, “The most beautiful”, “The most obedient” and  ”Agility”.  Enjoy a fantastic dog fashion show, agility demonstrations, a dog dance show and much more. There will be live music, a second hand market tapas, drinks and many stands of top dog food and dog accessory companies to show what is available.
Do not miss this fabulous unique event! For inscriptions till April 11th – for both, dogs and exhibitors – call the animal shelter Triple A – 952 771 586 or 610 227 939 (Gabi) or send us an e-mail ( Triple A volunteers will accept your inscription as well on the markets in Nueva Andalucía (Saturday) and Marbella (Monday). The inscription fee is 9 Euros.


31 March, 2008

Thirteen devotees of the classic Mobylette 49 cc moped from Arroyo de la Miel arrived back home to a warm welcome from family and friends last week after completing a challenge they had set themselves – riding their machines from Malaga to the village of Merzouga, some 20 kms into the dunes of the Sahara. They covered 1,800km there and back in ten days, driving through snow, rain, cold and wind at a speed of between 35 to 40km per hour. Before leaving the Atlas mountains on the way back, they gave most of their warm clothing to some of the children living there.


10 March, 2008

Little Britain star David Walliams met Olympic rower James Cracknell in Tarifa last Friday for their “swim to Africa” to raise money for the BBC’s Sport Relief. They swam 12 miles across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco in just over four-and-a-half hours. Walliams was sick in the water and the pair saw dolphins and whales. The swim was the last leg of Cracknell’s 10-day trip from the UK to Africa in which he rowed the Channel and cycled through France and Spain. Walliams swam the English Channel and raised £1m for Sport Relief in 2006. Fewer than 10% of people who have attempted to swim the Channel have succeeded but Walliams said last Friday’s swim had been more difficult: “Swimming and throwing up, it shouldn’t really go together. It was really tough.” Cracknell’s adventure started from Dover on Wednesday 27 February when he rowed across the English Channel in atrocious weather conditions in just over six hours. He then jumped straight into the saddle and began his epic 1,400 mile cycle from northern France to southern Spain. He cycled into Tarifa, after completing the second leg of his Herculean Sport Relief challenge in only eight days, before having a day off ahead Friday’s swim. Her told reporters: “The worst four hours were definitely the swim. I can’t believe David volunteered to do that after having done the Channel, it was horrible.”


3 March, 2008

The ceremony held to mark the 15th anniversary of Fundación Cudeca on Wednesday, February 27th at the Hospice Centre in Arroyo de la Miel ended on a sad note. After the showing of an emotive video giving the testimony of one of the 5.000 patients who have received the palliative care that Cudeca offers completely free, all over the province of Malaga, the Foundation’s financial director, Rafael Olalla, said that while Cudeca wished to convey its heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to all those friends who have made it possible for this project to become a reality, “we are calling for help to the community, companies and public organisations to enable us to make up the deficit of 600.000 euros within the annual expenses of two million euros that the Foundation has to meet.” Otherwise, he said, the continuity and maintenance of the In Patient Unit, which opened in 2006, will be at risk by 2009, due to its high maintenance costs and its need of greater financial support. The ceremony was attended by Mr. José Luis Marcos Medina, Government Delegate for the Junta de Andalucía in Malaga; Mr. Javier Carnero Sierra, Mayor of Benalmádena, together with his Councillors for Social Welfare, Sports and Festivities; Ms. Amparo Bilbao, Provincial Delegate for the Council on Equality and Social Welfare; Mr. Julio Andrade, Delegate for the Area on Citizens Participation of the Malaga Town Hall; Mr. Maurice Boland, Honorary Trustee of Cudeca and Director of REM FM, together with many other personalities related to the health sector, local government and companies who have given their support since 1992 and who wished to join Joan Hunt OBE, President and Founder, on the special occasion of celebrating the Foundation’s 15th anniversary. During the ceremony, Cudeca trustee Juan Antonio Astorga and Maurice Boland presented the Golden Insignia of Fundacion Cudeca 2007 to Mr. José Luis Marcos Medina, Government Delegate for the Junta of Andalucía in Malaga.