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Age Concern launches in Costa Calida

Round Town News, 23 | 09 | 2010 - Noticia

New British Consul Paul Rodwell was guest of honour last Friday when the Costa Calida branch of Age Concern was officially launched in Puerta de Mazarron

The Consul was accompanied by Age Concern Costa Calida President Ann Lambert at the event, also attended by Mazarron Mayor, Francisco Blaya Blaya, Mazarron Councillors Jacqui Galvez and Alicia Jimenez, and nearly fifty other distinguished guests from charities all over the area.

The charity has been well established in the Torrevieja area for many years, but with a growing elderly population now settling in the Mazarron area, it was felt by many that the charity should set up another branch further south. There are 7,000 British expats registered in Mazarron, the majority at an age where the services of a charity such as Age Concern, will be very welcome.

Vital

Paul Rodwell said he was honoured to have been invited to the event to officially launch the new branch and spoke in detail about the remarkable efforts that Age Concern makes in helping the elderly expat population in Spain. He also announced that the British Honorary Consul in Murcia will be launching a new office in the area, so that residents in Costa Calida will no longer have to travel to Alicante in order to acquire important paperwork.

Other charities represented at the launch included; MABS; the Bahia Mazarron Lions; AECC Murcia and PALS and Mr Rodwell addressed them all as he spoke about the fantastic ConeXiones project launched by the Alicante Consulate last year to connect the charities that work so hard for expats here in Spain, and the Spanish Social Services. He praised Age Concern wholeheartedly, calling it a ‘fantastic organisation’. He said: “It is a fact of life that we will all get old, hopefully. And it is very reassuring that we have organisations such as Age Concern to help us when we need them.” He added: “The consulate deals with cases that are desperate and we are very busy coping with the huge number of British citizens who live in and visit the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida. So, thank goodness we have Age Concern and the other charities that are represented here today. You can congratulate yourselves on a job well done.”

Autum’s golden gown

Ann Lambert then introduced her committee to the dozens of people in attendance and thanked them for all the help they have given during the last year whilst they were setting up the charity. She said: “The older we get the more problems manifest themselves and as we put on life’s autumn golden gown, charities such as Age Concern become a necessary resource. We intend to provide as much support as possible within our remit and resources.”

The charity then received two donations to start off their fundraising efforts; a cheque for €300 from the Bahia Mazarron Lions and a cheque for €500 from the Ex-Servicemen’s Association. The charity will be launching an Advice and Information line which will be manned Monday to Friday 10:00 until 14:00 and a Lifeline service which will also be manned Monday to Saturday from 10:00 until 18:00. More information on those and the charity itself will be available in RTN during the coming weeks.

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