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British Ambassador, Simon Manley visits Villajoyosa Hospital with HELP members 21 November 2013

Ambassador visits Villajoyosa hospital

The British Ambassador, Simon Manley visited Villajoyosa Hospital today with HELP members, and was introduced to all the doctors and social workers there. He and they are very proud of the work done by HELP volunteers in connection with the visiting to English speaking ex-patriots and tourists who find themselves patients at the hospital.

Philipines Tragedy

It has been unanimously agreed by HELP members to purchase a Shelter Survival Solution Box, which provides basic essential items for a Philipino family. We must not forget those so much less fortunate than ourselves, and will be making a contribution of approximately £600.

Social Events November and December 2013

We are having lunch at the Peppermill Restaurant on 20th November 2013 and our Christmas Lunch will be at Monroes in Benidorm on 13th December 2013, priced at €15 per head. Please contact Pearl on 607 385 842 for more information and to book your place.

Christmas Fayre 12th December 2013

Christmas Fayre 2013

We are holding our annual Christmas Fayre on 12th December 2013 at our meeting place, the José Lorca Llinares Centre, in Benidorm (see 'Our Location') from 11 am to 2 pm. We will have a Bottle Tombola, Bric-a-brac, a Cake Stall and lots more. So come along and support us! All welcome!

Improve your Spanish

Geoff, our treasurer, heads a group of people who help to improve the English of our Spanish friends, who in turn help us with our Spanish. Recently, the Spanish have greatly outnumbered the English and so we are looking for more volunteers to come and join us. Please contact us for more information. We also hope soon to start visiting the L'Almadrava school in Benidorm to help the bright young things there with their English. If you are interested in coming along, please contact Jan (President) or Geoff.

MABS Charity Shop raising funds for Cancer research and care

MABS are opening a Charity Shop, hopefully at the beginning of November. Volunteers are required to man the shop on Mondays, Thursday and Fridays. So if you have some time to spare, please contact us and we can put you in touch with the organiser.

Donations, Donations, Donations!!!!!!!!!!

Lots of lovely people in various businesses in Benidorm have been working hard over these last few months to raise money for our work and good causes. Maddies Bar have raised over 360 euros, and Foleys Bar another nearly 70 euros. And our own fundraising raffle this time raised over 75 euros! A donation was 50 euros received as a result of equipment hire, and at the Relleu BBQ venture an amazing 700 + euros were raised. Keep it coming!

Upcoming social events

Lovely Lunch at Mastrioni's, Albir on 2nd October 2013. Coffee mornings coming up soon - contact Pearl on 607 385 842 for full details. We are planning our Christmas lunch again at Monroes, Benidorm on 13 December, so pencil that in your diary and let Pearl know if you wish to come and join us.

Meeting of HELP International, Benidorm resume for the winter

Hello Everyone! Well, our meetings have started again and are in full swing. Don't forget, we meet every Thursday at the Jose Llorca Centre, Benidorm (see Our Location for directions) at around 10.30 am, except for Fiesta days. If you have never been before, please come along and meet us and join in with our lively discussions and have a coffee with us! All nationalities welcome - you might like to take part in our free Spanish lessons and learn the language of the country you have chosen to live in!

Our Annual Visit by Students from Valencia

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Every year since 1996, HELP volunteer members have hosted a visit from young, enthusiastic students from a school in Valencia. They are students from the Institute of Secondary Education SERPIS. The purpose of their visit is to improve their spoken English with native speakers and to ask us many questions about typical English life. They especially love to experience our singular British humour and have a thirst for our corny jokes!

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