Palma de Gandia Franciscans need help

CARE CENTRE: Palma de Gandia friars take in the sick and vulnerablePhoto credit: Centro de Atención San Francisco de Asís de Palma de Gandia

GANDIA’S Fallas and Holy Week associations recently called for help for the San Francisco de Asis care centre. 

Run by Franciscan friars in Palma de Gandia, the centre looks after the sick and vulnerable until the end of their days but receives no official assistance, surviving on donations alone.  Forty-seven people live there at present. 

The arrival of Covid-19, the months in lockdown during the State of Alarm and continuing restrictions have had a huge impact on the centre. 


“There are far fewer food donations and the Brothers are overwhelmed with work,” said one of the Francisco de Asis volunteers, who explained that the presence of these helpers has been reduced to guarantee the safety of those living at the centre.  

Gandia’s Holy Week association has already taken three carloads of food to the Franciscans while Fallas de Gandia brought forward the yearly donation that the association makes each September.  

The Fallas president Telmo Gadea also arranged for Gandia’s Fallas Museum to open last Monday at 8pm where members of public were able leave donations of non-perishable foodstuffs, cleaning products and toiletries. 

Local town halls have also pitched in, including that of Palma de Gandia, which has donated €3,000 to the centre. 

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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