26 years working for benefit of the local community

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TOP: New ambulance service operated by town hall and civil protection. BOTTOM: Certificate of Appreciation presentation

TEULADA Town Hall has recognised the 26 years of community service by the Asociación Benéfica de Teulada in a ceremony attended by the mayor of Teulada-Moraira, Carlos Linares, British Vice Consul in Alicante, Elizabeth Bell, and President of the association, Pat Bramah.

The mayor presented Pat Bramah with a Certificate of Appreciation and the vice consul congratulated her and the organisation for the more than two decades of hard work and dedication to their local community. The charitable association originally opened in 1989 as The Red Cross Shop, supporting the local Red Cross with the purchase of ambulances and equipment, in addition to regular donations to the Red Cross in Teulada, raising and donating €128,840 to the organisation.

In 2009 it started working with the civil protection and social services departments in Teulada, with the objective of creating a new ambulance service under the umbrella of the town hall and operated by civil protection. The project became a reality in 2012 with the signing of an agreement with the town hall and the acquisition of the ambulance. The service soon became a vital one for the town residents and during the annual general meeting in 2014 the charity agreed to provide civil protection with another vehicle.

The organisation also decided to support other initiatives, including the Association of Relatives of Alzheimer’s (AFA) in Teulada, and presented a cheque for €20,000 for the purchase of a vehicle. Since the collaboration with the civil protection unit, the charity has raised and donated a staggering €151,686.

The association is run entirely by volunteers who devote their time selflessly to help others. Pat Bramah thanked all of the volunteers for their contributions and gave special thanks to Wendy Ollis who first opened the shop 25 years ago. She also urged the local community to continue their support and reminded them that any unwanted items are always welcome at their charity shop. She appealed for more volunteers; anyone who has a free morning once a week to help out at the store is always welcome and their help is greatly appreciated.

For more information visit their website www.charity shopteulada.com

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