Cruz Azul FUNdraiser a Huge Success

Cruz Azul Murcia’s recent event at Le Petit Bistrot in Los Alcázares raised an amazing 784€!   

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of local businesses, and the public, during what are still tough times for everyone” said Cruz Azul President, Lyn Baines. 

Organised by the owners of Le Petit Bistrot, Anne and Grainne, and aided by Jilly and Marsha, prizes were donated by customers, friends, and local businesses such as – Pearl’s Plaice  – Rocco’s – The Post Room – The Penny Farthing – Tipsy Thistle – Boochies – Something Special – No. 6 by Genoa – Fun & Games African Adventure – Alexandra’s Hair & Nails. 

Spangles Ladies’ Harmony Chorus entertained supporters during the intervals and many enjoyed Grainne’s famous Irish Stew.

Back in May 2013, Spain was suffering a deep financial crisis, with people losing their jobs and their homes. This led to an increase in abandoned pets because people could not afford vet fees if their pets needed treatment. This was the catalyst for Lyn Baines and Sue Thomason to do something about that, so they created Cruz Azul Murcia to help pet owners on low incomes with vet fees in order for them to continue to care for their animals. The aim is to promote responsible pet ownership.

Cruz Azul has since expanded into other areas, such as managing cat colonies and emergency treatment for injured and abandoned animals. Cruz Azul work closely with a cat charity in Torre Pacheco and another in Sucina. Both are doing some remarkable work to keep down the cat population in a manageable way. The Sucina project is a prime example to show that trapping, neutering and returning the cats does work. They started seven years ago, against considerable opposition, but their perseverance has really paid off; they haven’t had any new kittens or cats for 18 months and everyone in the village is now on board with the scheme.

Cruz Azul opened their donation centre in San Javier to help raise funds to support the work they do and they are ever-grateful to the small band of volunteers, headed up by Lesley Taylor, who work tirelessly to ensure a pleasant shopping experience for all of their customers and to everyone who donates goods to sell. 

Sadly, Cruz Azul lost a founder member, Sue Thomason, in July 2017, but they know that she would be very proud of them.

Cruz Azul is planning another fundraiser at the Tataki Restaurant in Los Alcázares on Monday, 28 March – a ‘Quiz & Curry’ from 2.30 pm. Places are limited, so email if you would like to reserve tickets.

Cruz Azul Murcia is a registered charity (No. 11.720/1a)and exists to provide veterinary care for the sick and injured pets of people in need and to promote responsible pet ownership.

If you or someone you know needs help, or you would like to volunteer or donate, please call 693 017 616 or visit their

Photographer: Ryan Read