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Easter Party. February 14 2008

Easter 2008 1

Our annual Help Christmas party was cancelled last year due to unforeseen circumstances. Instead we held an Easter Party on Friday 14th of March.

Almost 100 Help members attended the Easter party, held at the new La Nucia community centre. Food and drink was in abundance from potato salad to fruit cake. Most was home-made and provided by certain members.

Our entertainment was ‘home-grown’ this year. What a variety! The acts consisted of singing, dancing, poetry reading to the playing of castanets. There were certainly a few stars amongst our members.

AGM. January 2008

AGM 2008

AGM. Our AGM was held early this year on the 31st of January 2008. Due to circumstances our President Sue Ruela resigned before the AGM. Sue really was a great asset to Help and worked tirelessly to assist all sorts of diverse and critical situations that we now have to deal with in Benidorm. Sue will be missed very much and we wish her all the best. Ann and Josie too had decided to step down from the' Memberships' task and resign from the committee.

Breast Scanner Appeal. January 23 2008

A coffee morning at Camping Villama, in aid of the Breast Scanner Appeal on the 23rd of January, raised over 2000 euros. Help and the Companions social club, along with many helpers, worked very hard to ensure the day went well raising these funds. Help Benidorm donated a further 500 euros to this appeal.

Help Fundraiser. November 2007

The Help Benidorm fundraiser took place in Camping Villamar in November 2007. Once again we raised in excess of 1000 euros which will be used for our Christmas party sometime in December. We would like to thank Camping Villamar for the use of their facilities each year and also big thank you to all those who were involved with the organization of the fete, those who donated gifts, who helped on the day and especially to all of you that came along and spent your money!

Trip to Marbella October 2007

Marbella Trip 2007 1

Help thoroughly enjoyed a five day trip to Marbella during October 2007. We also visited Torremolinas, Gibralter, Malaga, The Rhonda Valley and Nerja caves. From all of us that participated in the trip, we would like to say a very big thank you to Sue Ruela, who worked very hard to organize the trip and acted as one of the tour guides. We would also like to give thanks to Eliza, from Bancaja, who donated a considerable sum of money towards the cost of the trip.

International Women's Day March 8 2007

Caroline's Stall

Help promoted their organisation at this event which was held at the Marriot Hotel, in Denia. We would like to thank the organisers for the donation of our free stand.
The day was a great success and well attended. The various business stalls were of great interest and the all day entertainment was well received.

AGM 22 February 2007

Our recent AGM was well attended. Four committee members stood down, Trish Shearer - Treasurer, Chris Patmore - Equipment Hire, June Banford - Membership Assistant and Jean Barber. The members thanked them for all of their hard work.

A warm welcome to our two new committee members, Brian - Equipment Hire and Josie Pearce - Membership Co-Ordinator.


We have had a very busy year with Help. Many of the committee were new and they settled very quickly into their new roles. The demand for Interpreters has been very high since hospitals and surgeries requested interpreters at all appointments. So also the need for home visits and transport drivers have risen.

Christmas Party 2006

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The Christmas party was held on the 8th of December 2006. This event is always enjoyed by all members of Help Benidorm. The housebound also attend and it really is the highlight of their year.

Tony Hay, a local entertainer and some of his church members, including children, started the afternoon's entertainment. The Christmas carols were lovely and many joined in with the singing.

Vince Tracey and his wife Anne continued with the entertainment and Vince soon had everyone laughing at his numerous jokes.

2006 Christmas Fayre

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Our annual Christmas fayre was held at Camping Villasol in Benidorm on November 11th 2006.

The event was well attended and had various stalls such as, crafts, new goods, cakes, tombola, guess the teddy's name, treasure map and a grand raffle.

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