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.


3 March, 2008

According to the Spanish news agency EFE, friends and family of missing Irish teenager Amy Fitzpatrick are organising a number of fund-raising events in Ireland to help the family to carry on with their campaign to get her home safe and sound. One event took place in Dublin last Saturday at the Innisfail GAA club, which ceded the venue free of charge. It was attended by more than 400 people. The EFE report also said Amy’s family had issued a press release last week, thanking local shops and residents of the Donaghmede and Clarehall districts of Dublin for their fund-raising efforts. Amy, who turned 16 on February 7th, disappeared in Mijas on New Year’s night when she was walking home to the Riviera del Sol Urbanisation from the Calypso area. The Guardia Civil are still trying to trace a British-registered white Ford Fiesta, number plate C955 SLK, which they believe Amy may have taken. She was wearing black track suit bottoms and a T-shirt with the word ‘Diesel’ when she was last seen. She has black hair, and is 1.65 m tall. The contact telephone numbers for any information on her whereabouts are 112, 952 487 036, 062, 686 044 181 and 952 474 030.


25 February, 2008

Nineteen people turned up for the first meeting of the Club de Lectura en Ingles (Reading Club in English) which was held at the public library in Arroyo de la Miel on February 18th. They selected “Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” by John Boyne, to read before their next meeting on March 24th, starting at 11.30 am, when they will discuss the book. Spaniards, Argentineans and Germans as well as Britons attended the first meeting. Anyone wanting further information about the Club should call 952 57 41 51.


21 February, 2008

Upcoming charity event – 5th April 2008 – Bar Unique, La Cala.

My name is Tony Hooton and I am participating in a cycle ride from London to Paris, 11th-15th June of this year of which all donations received are donated to The National Autistic Society, (My son Thomas, 12 is unfortunately autistic).

We will be holding a fun evening in Bar Unique, with acts such as Charity Case (Drag Queen), Steve Summers (Singer), house DJ Matthew Fox & guest appearance by Mark Peters, Global FM DJ & hopefully a couple of other acts.

Charity Case has agreed to offer his services for free for the evening, but with a catch, I, along with a few other fellas (including Steve Summers) have to also dress in drag, which will be an enlightening experience shall we say!!

There will be music, games, raffles and plenty of laughter for the evening.

Now for the reason that I am contacting you, I wonder if it would be possible to put a small article into your paper/magazine giving as a free advert letting people know of the event…??

I have been doing various other fund raising things so far raising approximately 5500.00 GBP, all of which goes directly to The National Autistic Society.

My own personal charity web raising page is, and the cycle ride organisers web site is

Tony Hooton
Telephone: 647 937 808


18 February, 2008

There is a great deal on UK television at the moment about the “Race for Life” campaign, as there are many ex-pats in the Coin area, is there any one organising a similar event over here?
Elizabeth Streeton


24 December, 2007

Members of the animal protection organisation dressed up as monkeys, horses, lions and elephants to protest outside the bullring in Valencia on Sunday where a circus is performing over Christmas. They said they wanted to draw attention to the “slavery” to which the circus’s “non-human animals” are subjected.


10 December, 2007

Age Concern (Estepona and Manilva) has organized a healthy session for up to 30 people at the Albayt Country Club (Near Bahia Dorada, Estepona just off the N340) for Monday February 11th 2008. All activities are optional but the full programme is as follows: 10.00 to 10.15am: arrival followed by stretching, posture and relaxation classes, plus the thermal circuit:
1 – 3 pools: hydro massage, contrast and swimming pool
2 – Sensation showers
3 – Sauna, caldarium and Turkish bath
4 – Japanese path
5 – Relax patio with heated beds and welcome tea and fresh fruit
At 13.00 lunch starts and there is a choice of menus – details available after booking. The cost will be €41 inclusive per person payable in early January.


10 December, 2007

Their new venue is Sad Sam’s Bar and Grill, Avenida Bonanza (30 yards down the road from the previous venue) Branch meetings are to be held on the last Mondays in the month, and the Social Meetings are every Monday. The time for all meetings are 10.30 for 11.00am For enquiries contact Katie on 952 447 465. For welfare, please contact Betty on 686 151 926.


10 December, 2007

Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice is delighted to receive the support of the organization Soroptimist International through its Club Costa del Sol. Founded in November 2006, this women’s association strives to improve and respect human rights and each individual’s status through awareness, understanding and international friendship. One of its projects is to raise funds for Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice by selling two red wines during the festive season – a Crianza from Rioja and a Shiraz from Malaga – both will be sold with all profit to Cudeca. Together with the support of the Wine Museum (Museo del Vino) in Mijas, the project was launched on November 28th Club Costa del Sol will be selling the wines at locations along the coast, including several of the Cudeca Charity shops. For more information, please contact Daphne Theunissen, the President of the Soroptimist International Club Costa del Sol on 664 230 736.


10 December, 2007

Already fed up with the thought of all that turkey and Christmas pud to come over the next couple of weeks? Then go to the S.O.S animal charity BBQ and Party being held at Leslie’s Bar and Bistro, Sierra Gorda, Coin? There will be a huge Christmas BBQ with steaks, home made burgers, everybody’s favourite, the famous Leslie’s seafood paella and, of course, all the salads to go with it. Music, dancing and seasonal fun will carry on until late .All this starts at 8pm on Friday December 21st and costs just €17.50 per person. To book ring Leslie’s on 952 112 123.


10 December, 2007

To raise funds for Malaga’s maternity hospital, twelve of the city’s firemen posed in the nude for a 2008 calendar which could become a collector’s item because only 5,000 copies have been printed. The firemen will distribute some of them and the rest are available in Carrefour.


10 December, 2007

Cudeca will be holding its annual Christmas Light a Light Ceremony on Friday December 14th in the Day Care Centre at the Hospice on Avenida del Cosmos s/n, Arroyo de la Miel (Benalmádena). The Ceremony is a Christmas tribute to a loved one by dedicating a light to a special person who has touched your life. There will be choirs singing English Carols and Spanish Villancicos, a super-raffle and bring and buy stalls with delicious homemade bakes. There will also be Cudeca Christmas Cards and Commemorative Calendars on sale.


3 December, 2007

Cudeca’s Christmas Bazaar in Coín last Saturday turned out to be a roaring success, thanks to the fact that for the first time the people had easy access as it was held in one of the town’s two main squares – the Plaza de la Villa – for the first time. The Cudeca shop’s regular customers had put the word around and they all came looking for bargains, of which there were plenty. All the stalls did very well, and the brilliant sunshine made it a most enjoyable day.


26 November, 2007

The Cudeca shop in Coín is holding its annual Christmas Bazaar on December 1st in the Plaza de la Ville, right in the heart of town, for the very first time. The shop volunteers who organise the event have always wanted to hold the bazaar in this particular square, which is just a stone’s thrown away from the shop but the drawback in the past has a been a certain lack of cooperation from the local council. This year, however, Coín has a Foreigners Department run by Danny Hendrikx, who has cooperated fully with the Bazaar to make it a roaring success. One of the more colourful attractions will be the Christmas grotto with a real live Santa Claus. Christmas music and golden oldies will be provided by Paul Pattison, while shop volunteers and friends will man the stalls providing a wonderful range of goodies – home bakes, clothes, bric-a-brac, books, jewellery and accessories, materials, among other things, and a tambola. This year’s raffle prizes include several meals for two, a Christmas hamper, a set of bed linen from Bed Linen Direct, an aromatherapy head massage kit, a cut and blow dry by The Hair Sanctuary, and a voucher each from Lucky 3 and Posh Pets, to mention just a few of the almost 30 prizes. Come along and enjoy!