AGE CARE ASSOCIATION DONATE 5000€ TO CUDECA
Age Care President, Syd Weldon, The Vice President Tom Tarr and his wife Natalie were invited to Cudeca in Benalmadena in order to receive a plaque from Cudeca in recognition of their donations to the charity. Cudeca has on many occasions over the last few years helped Age Care clients with support with cancer in many ways when Age Care has not been able to.
They were given a comprehensive tour and descriptions of what each area does in order to help and support cancer patients and their families. They then had the great pleasure of meeting Joan Hunt OBE who was the founder and now Honorary President as well as Vice President Susan Hannam and Marisa Martin Rosello, CEO Medical Director who Joan referred to them as ‘the three musketeers’. Joan was extremely pleased to present Age Care Association a plaque but Syd Weldon surprised her by giving them a further donation of 5000€ at which they were extremely grateful.
CONCERT COSTA SOUL SINGERS AND VOCAL JOY
Age Care Association put their regular coffee morning activities at the Calahonda Baptist Church to one side on Tuesday to make way for a couple of hours of musical entertainment on October 18th. After coffee & delicious cakes were enjoyed by all Lesley Berridge, the welfare team leader for Calahonda, introduced Costa Soul Singers and Vocal Joy. These amateur singers, brought together through their love of music, proceeded to entertain all present with an extensive range of songs that had people joining in & some dancing in the aisles! Another successful event organised by Age Care for their clients.
AGE CARE ASSOCIATION GIVE DONATION TO A WORTHY CAUSE
Age Care is very proud to have an association with the convent “ Casa de Sagrada Corozon” The Institution of the Sacred Heart in Malaga and give them a donation of 1000 € to help them continue with their good work. The founder of the convent was Sister Rosario Villalonga Lacave 50 years ago and after her death in 1991 Sister Isabela took over the establishment as Sister Superior. It is residential and can accommodate 45 people of all ages but the majority are elderly and many in need of care, love and attention. Some are nearing the end of their lives, some are recovering from illnesses and all are cared for by volunteers who support the Convent in a variety of ways. All funds necessary to keep the establishment operating is raised by fund raising activities and donations. It is well supported by volunteers.
The donation was presented by Lesley Berridge who is a Age Care volunteer Welfare Team Leader at Calahonda to volunteer Rafaelita who with her husband are responsible for the day to day running of the charity.
Age Care’s Intrepid Travellers
Two clients of Age Care Association, Jean and Maggie who regularly attend the coffee morning on a Tuesday in Calahonda were fortunate enough to sit next to each other at the summer Tea Party held at the Tamisa Golf Hotel. One of the entertainers during the occasion was an Elvis tribute artist. This was instrumental in the two ladies discovering that they both absolutely loved Elvis and singing Elvis songs. This led them to organising the trip of a lifetime to visit to Memphis, America to see everything they could that was connected with Elvis. They were exuberant in their descriptions of what they saw and their experiences. They went on The Memphis Riverboat on the Mississippi River; they visited The Elvis Mansions and Gardens, as well as much more. Another highlight for them was that they
met in the hotel a famous artist Ernie Patton who knew Elvis for 25 years and actually did a portrait of him of he gave them a small copy of the portrait.
They both wanted me to know that had it not been for Age Care they would
never have met and had such a wonderful adventure that they would remember forever.
AGE CARE ASSOCIATION INFORMATIVE TALK ON TAKING THE FEAR OUT OF DEATH
Age Care hosted an informative talk at the drop in centre which is held every Tuesday at The International Baptist Church in Calahonda. The talk was led by Leslie Thomson who outlined some aspects of the procedures when either dealing with the passing of a loved one or suggested preparations one can organise for themselves or others. He explained the differences in the types of death certificates and the importance of having copies of all documents including passports. Like anything he emphasised not to sign anything until you are sure that you understand what you are signing. One of the main points that came out of the talk was to let your friends and family know if you have any funeral plans in place or your wishes and if you have to deal with the death of a loved one, always contact a friend to support you. After the talk many people asked lots of questions.
AGE CARE BENALMADENA CELEBRATES THE QUEEN’S 90th
Age Care Association’s regular Monday Drop-in Coffee Morning took on a completely different look at Bar Iglesia in June 2016 which was adorned with British Flags and decorations in order to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. Everybody had made an exceptional effort to wear patriotic colours of red, white and blue and many had made hats for the occasion.
Clients were treated to a running buffet served by volunteers, of traditional pork pie, sausage rolls, a variety of open sandwiches and much more with appropriate music playing in the background. All the clients entered into the spirit of the occasion and there was much conversation about life in England, although all the clients love being retired in Spain for its climate, the life and the people. The Queen was toasted was much joy. The event was a huge success and everybody thoroughly enjoyed it.
If you want to meet people, make friends or are in need of advice or support and live in the Benalmadena area, drop-in to Bar Iglesia, near Bonanza Square, Arroyo de la Miel on Monday between 11 – 1pm Gina Foster, Team Leader will be delighted to see you.
AGE CARE CALAHONDA CELEBRATED THE QUEEN’S 90th
In typical English ‘Street Party’ tradition with Union Jack bunting and flags blowing in the breeze, Age Care Association held a special event at Calahonda drop-in Day Centre in June 2016, much to the delight of clients to celebrate the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth 2. Over sixty-five clients and volunteers entered into the spirit of the day by wearing patriotic colours of red, white and blue and many went to the trouble of making hats especially for the occasion. The food which was served by the volunteers, some of which was brought by the clients but the great majority was prepared with loving care by the volunteers. It consisted of delicious homemade sandwiches with a wide variety of fillings including coronation chicken, sausage rolls, pork pies, tasty morsels of quiche and so much more. It was followed by exquisite fairy cakes made by Ann a volunteer, decorated with a small picture of the Queen, which although edible was taken off in respect because they didn’t want to eat the Queen on her birthday. This caused much hilarity! Many other cakes were made and donated by volunteers. A beautifully baked and decorated iced fruit cake, made by Rosemary Beale was donated by Shirley a volunteer and this was served accompanied by a small glass of Cava for a toast to her Majesty and everybody sang God Save the Queen with rousing enthusiasm.
It was an extremely successful event and everybody thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it. Syd Weldon, the President of Age Care attended and gave a short speech thanking everybody and proposed the toast. Age Care would sincerely like to thank all the volunteers from Calahonda and Coin who came to support the occasion for all their hard work including the drivers who collected some of the clients so they could enjoy the occasion. Lesley Berridge, Welfare Leader of Calahonda specifically thanked Delia Lambert and her husband Rod Lambert for organising the whole event, sourcing and transporting tables and chairs and providing the awning which provided necessary shade for the clients as well as the suitable background music.
President of Age Care Association on the Telly
Syd Weldon the President of Age Care Association was invited by Karen McHahon the presenter, to be on Mijas 340 TV an International informative programme in English on the 29th June to talk about Age Care and the work that the Association does for the local community on the Costa del sol.
Karen explained that Age Care Association is a non-profit making organisation run entirely by volunteers to help the older English speaking people in a variety of ways. Syd and Karen discussed one of the major events on the Age Care calendar being the Tamisa Golf Hotel Summer Tea Party where clients are given the opportunity to have a traditional English afternoon tea and enjoy the entertainment which this year was provided by Martin Joseph, part of the well known trio the Rat Pack. He was also joined by an Elvis tribute act as well as Mania Performers who sang many songs from World War and dressed as ‘Pearly Kings and Queens’.
Syd also explained to Karen about the Coffee Mornings and how they enabled clients to meet people, join in with activities and talk to each other and volunteers. Syd was pleased to announce that the new inland venture in Coin has had an extremely successful start with nearly thirty clients attending. He also shared the information about the localities and times of the other coffee mornings
AGE CARE ASSOCIATION’S NEW INLAND COFFEE MORNING A HUGE SUCCESS
Age care’s new coffee morning inland venture at Coin was a huge success with over 30 people attending in the first week. People had the opportunity to meet each other and there was lots of conversation and laughter. Delia Lambert, Welfare Leader and her two new welfare volunteers were absolutely delighted at the attendance and how people interacted.
It will be every Thursday at Cafe Festival, La Trocha, Coin which is situated on the first floor of La Trocha Shopping Centre between 11am – 1pm. There is plenty of parking and a lift.
If you live in Coin and would be interested in becoming a welfare volunteer, driver or translator, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
AGE CARE ASSOCIATION HOST TALK BY HELICOPTEROS SANITARIOS
Age Care Association at their Day Care Centre, Calahonda hosted an informative talk and presentation by Helicopteros Sanitarios. They were kind enough to send one of their fully fitted ambulances and staff which consisted of a Doctor, a male nurse and a technician who chatted with some people and gave free blood pressure tests to those who wanted it, which was most appreciated. Many of the visitors had a look round the ambulance and were later informed that all ambulances are fitted with up-to-date technological and portable equipment which is essential when responding to a call from a person who may live in accommodation where the ambulance cannot gain access.