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Easter Monday saw 30 members of HELP Murcia Mar Menor and friends enjoy a Menu de Diá at the Aqualinas Restaurant in San Pedro.

After a great meal some of the ladies paraded around the restaurant displaying their Easter bonnets much to the delight of all the diners both English and Spanish.

The winner was long time HELP member Tricia Brister on the right with Dianne Daniels coming second. Guest Jim Branningam won the day for the men being the only man brave enough to enter!

The Hat Contest was followed by a Grand Raffle of twenty prizes.  The top prize, a basket of Easter goodies, was won by Megan Johnston.

This event was held by the HELP Friendship Group.  There will be events every month during the year for both HELP members and non-members; all are welcome.


On Thursday 12th April HELP Murcia Mar Menor made the first of its cash donations for 2018 to AFEMAR (Association of family members with mental illness and generalized disorder of child and adolescent development in the Mar Menor Region of Murcia). This charity had been selected by HELP members at their AGM in March.

AFEMAR gives training and support for up to 20 young people in the San Pedro area and beyond. At the moment they have taken an extra six clients from Murcia as they try to not turn anyone away explained Director Raoul Saes and Vice President Jose Luis Martinez, both of whom have children at the centre.   With limited funding from local government, the parents of the clients have to support the charity financially. The young people spend up to eight hours a day at the centre learning various skills, painting, cooking pottery and bicycle maintenance to name just a few. There is also professional help from a psychiatrist on site. Shortly to be moving to a new centre in San Pedro, Sr. Jose Luis Martinez said that the €3,000 donated from HELP will go towards decorating and fitting out the new centre.

The photograph shows HELP’s President Christine Baillie and Caring Services officer Janneke Chambers presenting the €3,000 cheque to the Vice President of AFEMAR, Jose Luis Martinez.

Future Events for both HELP members and non-members; all are welcome:

Friday 25th May – Afternoon Tea to Celebrate the Wedding of Prince Harry @ Bacchus Restaurant, Los Alcazares 3pm.

Tiaras and black ties please – or at least a little red, white and blue.

Friday 22nd June – Fashion Show @ Las Claras 3pm

Tickets €3.

Friday 29th June – BBQ @ The Garden Restaurant, Los Alcazares.

For more information on these events please contact the HELP office on 968 570 059