THE Emerald Isle in La Florida, has donated €500 to jump start a drive to achieve a target of €40,000 to purchase a special needs vehicle for the Orihuela Costa.
Help at Home Costa Blanca have launched the campaign to address the need for such a vehicle in the area. Fundraiser for the charity Eileen Randall said they need around €20-25,000 to purchase the mini bus and the additional money will be used to kit it out so it is adapted to those with special needs.
“We help a lot of people with some form of special needs and cover around 20 different illnesses from strokes and Alzheimer’s to more physical disabilities and a lot of them struggle with transport.”
She said just last week there was a case of a disabled person who had to go to Orihuela City but struggles to get on a normal bus: “In situations like this, this is when a special needs vehicle would be used, but ultimately it will be used locally transporting people to clinic and hospital appointments and activities, as we are also campaigning the town hall to allow us a room in the Civic Centre for use to meet weekly.”
Eileen envisages the vehicle being a valued and essential addition to residents on the Orihuela Costa that could also benefit and be used by other charities and associations.
Every Tuesday The Emerald Isle has agreed to run a charity market from 11am-3.30pm with many stalls and entertainment from Sunshine FM’s Simon Morton, and guests and anyone else able to help raise funds or would like to donate to the cause is welcome to do so.
For more information visit www.helpathomecb.org