A Helping Hand that needs help

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A Helping Hand that needs help
IMMEDIATE HELP: Donations for those in need Photo credit: A Helping Hand – Costa Blanca

AS its name reveals the Torrevieja group, A Helping Hand, assists those in need.

It was created after Ines Perkins, a nurse at the Quiron Hospital, began helping one family.

“That opened my eyes to the hundreds of families that are sadly affected by this pandemic,” she said.

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“I’ve been told to contact social services, the town hall or the official food banks,” Ines added.  “It doesn’t work like that.  Spain is all about paperwork and they are all about making you wait months.”

Instead she took matters into her own hands – literally – by setting up collection points all over the Vega Baja.

“Food, nappies, tins of baby milk, wipes, clothes, bric-a-brac. We take anything we can!  And what we don’t use, we give to the association we work alongside with in Torrevieja which has roughly 600 people needing help,” Ines said.


Ines is assisted in A Helping Hand’s work by Nikki Lloyd.  “I’m the girl everything comes to!” Nicki told the Euro Weekly News.  “I sort out all the food and send out the food parcels.”

More information is available on A Helping Hand–Costa Blanca’s Facebook page, which includes a list of drop-off points for donations, as well as the group’s Paypal details.


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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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