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La Nucia International Day 15th March 2015

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Great fun was had by all at the recent La Nucia International day, and HELP members and our President, Bill, we busy selling pies to everyone - including the Spanish public who couldn't get enough of them! Have a look at our FACEBOOK page where there are lots of photos of the fun!

New Committee Members

We have two new committee members, John and Sylvia, who were entertainers and were the first people to help British artistes to set up here in Benidorm. They are now part of our team and looking forward to organising fundraising events, in aid of our funds. Eileen has also hit the ground running, taking over responsibility for the outside events 'Box' and involving herself in the planning discussions. Sally is heavily involved in translations and will co-ordinate our bookings for Languages in Nature, Albacete.

HELP International Benidorm AGM Thursday 5th February 2015

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HELP INTERNATIONAL Benidorm held their Annual General Meeting on 5th February at the Social Centre José Llorca Llinares in the Old Town. The registered charitable organization has 148 members with a committee of 8, who were all formally approved by a show of hands to continue this coming year. Bill Steel continues as President, with Christine Lane as Vice President. Around 100 members attended and listened to a summary of the good work that the group has provided – not only to residents but also visitors throughout last year.

20th Annual General Meeting of HELP Benidorm Thursday 5th February 2015

Would all Help members note that it is our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 5th February 2015, to be held at the José Lorca Llinares Social Centre, Benidorm (our usual meeting place). Please arrive from 10.00 am as the meeting will start promptly at 11 am. IMPORTANT- All members attending must have fully paid up membership and their membership cards in order to attend. If you are unable to attend, please can you ensure that you let us know by email or phone (see contacts page on our web site www.help-benidorm.com) and give 'apologies for absence' to allow us to make our quorum.

Sad loss of a dear friend to HELP, Benidorm

John Keating

This is to let all HELP members know of the sad passing of John Keating. He has been a HELP member and volunteer for many, many years and always gave so generously of his time to help those less fortunate than himself. He has helped many 'old' people as he called them, most of whom were younger than himself! He had to return to the UK because of his own ill health nearly 2 years ago, and has been with his family during that time. He was a wonderful man with a lovely smile and will be sorely missed.

HELP Benidorm contributes €500 to a fund for the poor of Benidorm

Some of our donated goods, with Beverley and Alan Vernon, equipment co-ordinators.

In an effort to help the poor of our community, HELP Benidorm have made a donation of €500 for the purchase of some essential items of food and other useful everyday items to try and bring some joy into the lives of the less fortunate in our town. You can see some of the many things that have been brought in the photo, along with our equipment co-ordinators,
Beverley and Alan Vernon. Let´s hope that we can help give someone a happier Christmas.

HELP Benidorm members visit our student friends in Valencia

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We had a fantastic visit to Valencia. 36 of us descended upon SERPIS high school to see Chelo and her pupils. Some of the kids, who did the Benidorm visit, were over to talk before we were ushered into the hall for to hear the choir. They sang a selection of songs, beginning with "It's a long way to Tipperary". The pupil on the keyboard was very good, likewise the girl on the Cello. We all had a wonderful time and hope to repeat the experience next year!

Christmas Fayre at José Llorca Llinares Social Centre, Benidorm 4th December 2014

Come along to our annual Christmas Fayre for a lovely selection of Christmas goodies! It will be at the Social Centre (our normal meeting place) as last year, and will be from 11 until 2 pm. Join us for a fun morning and bring all of your friends!

Fund raising and donations - and how they are used

We continue to received donations from various sources including our friends at the Heroes Bar, the Boutique, and of course it is surprising how much we collect from our 'tiddlers' jars in various venues. And we are pleased to announce that we have donated €1,000 to MABS Cancer support group for the purchase of a new van. It is hoped that all the associations that have contributed towards it will have their names signwritten on the sides of the van.

Language Weekends

We have been contacted by an organisation that runs weekend courses for Spaniards to learn English 'by immersion'. They are looking for people who are happy to talk 100% in English to Spanish students. The setting is the beautiful Sierra del Segura in the province of Albacete. If you are interested in getting involved, contact our President, Bill on 607 387 040 for more details.

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