Briton recognised for philanthropic work in Marina Alta

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CANDY WRIGHT received a ‘Points of Light’ award from Simon Manley CMG, British Ambassador to Spain at Denia hospital on Friday afternoon.

First established in the US by President George H. W. Bush in 1990, UK Points of Light was developed in partnership with the US programme and launched at 10 Downing Street in April 2014.

The programme recognises, in the Ambassador’s words ‘particularly distinguished Britons’ both in the UK and abroad for their altruistic and public-spirited efforts to help others in their communities.

Candy is well-known across the Marina Alta and describes herself as a ‘happy person who loves to help others’. She has lived in Spain for over forty years and having joined HELP DAMA (Denia and Marina Alta) over thirty years ago, is now President of the charity.

HELP DAMA has been around since 1984 and is run entirely by volunteers. They cover the coastal area of the Marina Alta from Denia in the north to Calpe in the south, providing short term support and assistance to people with medical or other health related needs in a variety of ways.

Services currently provided include care provision, charity shops to raise essential funds, an office and equipment store, an activity centre and hospital help desk support, along with an array of support groups and visiting teams.

At the award giving on Friday, which was well-attended by Candy’s family, fellow volunteers, those she has helped and hospital staff, the Ambassador thanked her for the ‘extraordinary amount of time and life’ she has spent at the hospital and expressed how ‘delighted’ he was to be presenting her with the Points of Light award, with ‘few more distinguished and deserving than Candy’.

Candy in turn said she was ‘very happy to be receiving the award at the hospital’ as its where she ‘spends her days and likes to be’. She asserted that she is a representative of all of the hard-working, selfless volunteers before thanking everybody and fighting back a tear (so did we!) as she thanked her parents for ‘making her the person she is’.

Thank you and congratulations, Candy!

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