HELP Vega Baja recently held their AGM at the Casa de Cultura in San Miguel de Salinas, with Michele Masson returned as president of the charity. Richard Garland remains in place as charity secretary, but after five years in her post, Carole Jones decided to stand down as treasurer so that she could spend more time doing some of her favourite pursuits like travelling. Michele Masson presented Carole with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the charity, and spoke about the great friendship that HELP Vega Baja had developed over the years with her. The good news is that HELP will not be losing contact with Carole, as she would continue to be a much-valued volunteer. Her place as treasurer has now been taken by Sue Birchenough. HELP members were presented with a copy of the accounts and heard that the charity had helped a record number of people last year, with donations topping 74,000 euros.
President Michele said, ”Much of our efforts in 2019 were directed towards supporting families who were hit by the September floods. It was amazing how the community rallied around to raise funds, and of course how volunteers from the charity went way beyond what anyone could expect. They were often found helping families in their homes during the day and then they dressed up and smiled in the evening as they went along to various fundraising events!” 2020 is a special year for the charity as it will celebrate 40 years supporting people in the Vega Baja area. Many events are being organised and HELP is hoping that once again they will be well supported by local residents. Forthcoming attractions include a second golf day at the Vistabella course in Entre Naranjos, as well as a Gala Ball and the Spring and Christmas Fayres.