Visit to a Heart-warming children’s home near Elche

Visit to a Heart-warming children's home near Elche
CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND: Fundraiser made €1,400 for the San Jose Obrero children’s home Photo credit: Lesley Eburne

CLAIRE KING, Lesley Eburne and Graham Lomax help to raise funds for the San Jose Obrero Children’s Home near Elche.

Accompanied by three supporters they were recently given a tour of the home, taking with them equipment to set these youngsters on the right path for the future.

“They receive training before leaving the home and this time it was hairdressing equipment to teach the girls a trade,” Lesley told the Euro Weekly News.


The volunteers also took towels, bedding, and €600 in Primark vouchers to buy new pyjamas for all the children.

The home itself is homely and clean with lots of personal space for each child and the visitors saw an amazing kitchen where friendly staff were preparing enormous pans of delicious-looking vegetables and meatballs.

Lesley and Peter Horne, who both have first-hand knowledge of being in a children’s home, were very impressed with what they saw.

December 13 saw a fundraiser at Oasis Bulevar in Los Narejos (Murcia) where more than 20 stallholders created a Christmas wonderland full of colour and great ideas for presents.

“I’m proud to be part of the team making it happen,” said Angela Brown who ran the cake stall.

Lesley Armson who provided and dressed the hamper for the first prize in the raffle admitted that she was lost for words.

Ian, regular quizmaster as the LA Family Bar and Grill – who laid on a hog roast -described the day as “just amazing.”

As dusk fell, the Joy Gospel Choir thrilled everybody with seasonal songs, followed by music into the evening.

Marie Gooch, who founded the fundraising group, thanked all the people attending and especially the amazing volunteers.

“We have turned a mundane Monday into a Magic Monday and raised €1,400 on behalf of the children’s home,” Marie declared.

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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