As many of you know, MABS Costa Cálida opened their Respite Home in April 2018 to provide Respite, Rehabilitation and End of Life care to those diagnosed with cancer. Since then we have provided 24 hours care to over 30 patients from around the region.
Caring for the very sick is stressful and emotional, but last year we began to experience difficulties in obtaining suitable transport for patients needing to come into our Respite Home and after one particularly difficult situation, a decision was made to try to purchase a vehicle that could resolve these problems. In March we found the perfect vehicle, made the order and paid the 50% deposit for the adaptations to commence … then 3 days later Spain entered the State of Emergency and our income stopped abruptly as our shops were closed and our fundraising events were cancelled. We tried to cancel the order, but it was too late … we were committed to the deal.
During lockdown, we admitted 5 patients into the Respite Home, each receiving the 24 hour specialist care they needed and we continued to provide the day-to-day support we had always done to the 200 people in the Murcia area, including 3 people who were unable to get back to the UK due to the border closures.
After lockdown was relaxed, we all breathed a huge sigh of relief as our shops reopened and our fundraising events could begin again. That was until 23rd July, when Totana was placed back into Phase 1 restriction and our charity shop in the town was closed yet again. Thankfully, our charity shop in San Javier remained open.
On Thursday 30th July we eventually took delivery of this fantastic adapted vehicle that will be so useful to our regular patients who have mobility problems and those who need the extra support in our Respite Home. It was a bitter sweet moment when we received the car, because we needed the vehicle to improve our services, but the cost was difficult to cover during this awful time. We are now delighted to have the car at our disposal and we know that the benefit it will bring far outweighs the stress its purchase caused us.
The patients supported by our team in the Calasparra area will also benefit from this purchase as the Mazarrón car has been sent to the North West group to help them transport patients the 400Km round trip to hospital for treatments and consultations.
Yes, our finances are being stretched to the limit at the moment as we find ourselves helping more and more people who have been diagnosed with cancer, but in these uncertain times all charities are struggling. We are incredibly grateful that we have had your support in the past that allowed us to make this wonderful purchase and we sincerely hope that you will continue to support us in the future.
If you would like to know more about how you can become part of our teams in Mazarron, San Javier or Calasparra, or if you would like to organise a fundraising event for us, please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator Jan on email@example.com or call 634 362 954.
If you would like to make a donation to MABS, our PayPal account is: firstname.lastname@example.org or a donation can be made at La Caixa Bank; Account No. ES79 2100 6032 8702 0016 8624
Thank you, take care and stay safe.