Help for Rita concert a success

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HELP FOR RITA’S concert has been hailed a massive success and the organisers would like to thank everyone involved.

Many readers will already be aware of the horrendous accident that Rita, at that time Treasurer of Helping Hands, suffered in July 2013 whilst assisting another local Charity, San Animal Santuario, in a cat sterilisation programme. After almost a whole year in various hospitals and rehabilitation centres Rita is now back in Spain.  She now has tetraplegia with very limited movement in her arms, and requires a lot of help with everyday life doing things that many of us take for granted. 

Escuela Municipal de Baile de Pulpi began with an amazing display of dance and were followed by vocalist Kay Frances from Antas who also performed with Julie Bruce Zumba Almeria later in the evening. Singer Songwriter Alex Scott had travelled down the coast to support the event and his talent, at a relatively young age, was demonstrated as he sang several of his own songs whilst on the guitar.

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Next was Steve Fisher who had the audience on their feet with his Rod Stewart tribute. JJ Jones, who has been the ultimate Neil Diamond Tribute for some 20 years, then gave his usual superb performance. The finale featured Simon Patrick, winner of the European Elvis Tribute Awards, who had everyone up and dancing. The night ended with artists and Helping Hands team members combining with their rendition of Lean on me.

Helping Hands would like to extend a huge thank you to all who took part in making the concert a success, including Juan Bautista Lopez, Audrey Vollans, Michelle Miles, Malcolm Rushton and all the performers. These people gave their valuable time, skills, donations and effort in the planning of the event. The event organisers would also like to thank everyone who got involved and helped to raise funds. The proceeds from the concert total €2,500 but pledges and donations are still coming in, so wewill announce the final total once available.


Helping Hands focusses on helping organisations and the needy in Spain. They have a charity shop in Aguilas, more than 40 dogs and 10 cats in their care and regularly organise fundraising events. If you have a few hours to help each month contact Roger (968 48 29 48) and don’t forget to check Euro Weekly News for forthcoming events.





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