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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.

Fundraiser for Relleu Children's Home

On 27th September 2014 we held a very successful fund raising event in aid of the Children's Home at Relleu. Jean worked her socks off and produced and wonderful fun filled, entertaining afternoon at the Peppermill and all agreed it was well worth the 8 euros paid! This, plus the promise of another fundraiser in Benidorm has enabled up to pay some essential bills at the Children's home at Relleu.

An emotional farewell to our Ex President!

Last Thursday 16th October, we bid an emotional farewell to our previous long standing President of HELP Benidorm, Jan Elders. Sadly due to her husband, Kevin, having health problems, they have decided to relocate to the UK. Both Jan and Kevin have done a tremendous amount of work for HELP, and have helped shape it into the amazing organisation it is today. Without the energy and enthusiasm of people like Jan and Kevin, organisations such as HELP would not be able to exist. We all wish them well in their new life in the UK - they will be sorely missed!

Relleu Fundraiser Saturday 27th September & Charity Fair at El Cisne 28th September

We look forward now to Jean's Relleu Fundraiser at the Peppermill on Saturday, 1:00pm. She has lots of entertainers booked with a finishing time of 6:00pm - or when the last person falls over! I'm sure that tickets are still available, at €8. We bought ours from Jean but the Peppermill has lots to sell yet!!
It will be a busy weekend with the Charity Fair at El Cisne on Sunday. It will be opened by the Mayor, of Benidorm and the Vice-consul, at 12noon.
HELP International Benidorm will be manning a table, hopefully groaning with anti-weight loss goodies, on the day.

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