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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.

A report from our President, Bill on a BBQ fundraiser for the Emaus Children's home, Relleu

"Sophie and I visited Relleu, for the fundraiser BBQ on Saturday. It was my first time at the Emaus home for children and I liked the place, very much. It is a home in the best meaning of the word. One can see that it isn't just a family house but anyone who has children under the age of ten will have the same drawings on the fridge and toys lying about the place. It isn't a "Fussy" institution. While it doubles as a school it doesn't give that "Schoolroom" impression. The fine old Spanish country building is as welcoming as any that I have previously visited. (cont. under 'read more')

Message from our President, Bill

"Seems to have been a short summer break, yes, it was short, we finished two weeks later than usual and will start two weeks early. Our first meeting of the 2014/15 session will be on Thursday 4th September at 11am. Arriving by ten o'clock allows time for a drink and a chat with other members. I understand that the unofficial motto of the Special Air Service is 'Learn by other people's mistakes'. We get together, discuss our own highs and lows and allow others to profit from our experience. (continued under 'read more')

Weekly Meetings

Weekly meetings of HELP International, Benidorm will restart on Thursday 4th September 2014 at 10.30 am at the José Llorca Llinares Social Centre, Benidorm and new members and volunteers are very welcome to come and see us. Contact Bill, our President on 607 387 040 for any further information.

Social Events for Summer 2014

25th June - La Cala Beach party. 17th July - Coffee Morning, Alfaz Pensionistas. 24th July - Peppermill Lunch (you must ring Pearl to book this.)
7th August - Coffee Morning, La Torrone, La Cala. 21st August - Lunch, the Oasis, La Nucia. 28th August - Coffee Morning, Ruddies Cafe, Alfaz del Pi. Boat trip to Javea - to be arranged.
For more information and to book your lunch place, please ring Pearl on 607 385 842

'End of term' for our HELP meetings until September 4th!

Our 'end of term' meeting was a lively one, with good attendance and some interesting discussions. Our organisation has been well used by the British Consulate and the local Hospital, with many people in need of help and advice. An increasing number of people are sliding into trouble for various reasons and are coming to us for help. Sadly, as lovely as the sun is, our health can still fail and plans need to be made for the future. But we wish everyone a lovely summer, be it in Spain or other parts, and look forward to seeing all our members again when we meet again from September 4th!

European Union Day, Finestrat 10th May 2014

EU Day Finestrat

We celebrated European Union Day in Finestrat on 10th May 2014. We had a stand along side many other European residents, where we had Lemon curd and a selection of baked goodies. Our neighbours were the Scots, who brought Haggis, Neeps and Tatties - with Whisky and Tablet ( a kind of fudge) and of course Shortbread. A wonderful time was had by all, including the local Spanish residents!

Last meeting before the Summer break - 12th June 2014

Our last meeting before the summer break will be held on Thursday, 12th June 2014. But HELP continues to give a service throughout the year, so if you need us, call one of the telephone numbers on the Contacts page as normal. We will try our best to be there for you if you need us! Keep an eye on our site for news of various social events that will be taking place during the summer months, and we hope to see you all again in September.

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