Written by Edwin Cherrey
The great thing about living in Spain is that one’s life expectancy is likely to increase. As one enjoys those extra years however there is no doubt that problems can arise in things like mobility, health, sight, bereavements, etcetera. AGE CONCERN ESPANA exists to give advice, information and help to older people so that they can get the most out of life, overcome their problems, and feel an integral and useful part of the society in which they live.
Age Concern Espana currently has a membership of five local Age Concern Organisations the nearest of which geographically is AGE CONCERN ESTEPONA AND MANILVA. An independent local voluntary group has been formed which is in direct contact with Age Concern Espana who have given their authority for this group to initiate a fund raising campaign with the object of establishing a CHICLANA AND DISTRICT AGE CONCERN ORGANISATION. All proceeds from this campaign will be paid into the bank account of Age Concern Espana and “ring fenced” for the purpose of funding the establishment of this local AGE CONCERN ORGANISATION.
AGE CONCERN is staffed entirely by volunteers and is self financing, relying on fund raising activities, charitable contributions etcetera. It is primarily concerned with the expatriate community and its well being and will help persons of any nationality. Because of its close relationship with AGE CONCERN ENGLAND, which has now joined forces with HELP THE AGED to form one large and Influential organisation known as AGE UK, plus its membership of the overall movement, it has effective listening posts in both the United Kingdom and European Union on matters likely to affect older expatriates, it is also a member of “EUROLINK AGE” an important body looking after the upper age groups throughout the European Union.
In order to establish and affiliate a CHICLANA AND DISTRICT AGE CONCERN ORGANISATION we need to raise a minimum of EUROS 3000 in order to cover the legal costs of establishing the organisation as a registered charity and leave a surplus to cover ongoing initial expenses. In order to raise this sum a number of fund raising activities will be rolled out for which the support of the local expatriate community will be vital.
Our first fund raising event, a “Last Night of the Proms” party was held in Browns Bar in Chiclana on Saturday 11th September. A good crowd attended and not only was a fun evening had by all but in excess of Euros 300 was raised towards our target.
If you would like to become involved in our efforts, require further information or would like to make a cash contribution towards our target of Euros 3000 please contact Edwin Cherrey by phone on 691-486985 or by e.mail at