THE FRANCISCAN Shelter for Men at Palma de Gandia provides a home and nursing care for around 65 homeless men, many of whom suffer from mental or physical illness, some of whom are terminally ill.
These men would otherwise be on the streets and unlikely to survive without this special care.
Admission is solely on the basis of need and all nationalities and religions are accepted.
The hospice is funded entirely by charitable donations, with no state aid or official grants.
Three Franciscan Brothers, (Hermano Guillermo, Hermano Pepe and Hermano Martin) assisted by local volunteers, care for the residents around the clock.
The Franciscans need money and donations on a regular basis to continue their work in the hospice. The needs are quite specific:
Clothing (all sizes – new or secondhand):
Track suits, particularly bottoms (preferably non-iron), t-shirts, underwear, soft pyjamas and socks (not white).
Bedding for 90cm beds:
Plastic mattress protectors, flat sheets and fitted under sheets with (preferably) matching pillowcases (flannel or brushed cotton), blankets (warm and washable).
Toiletries, both opened and part used are accepted:
Disposable razors, shaving foam, shampoo, shower gel and skin creams.
Bath towels (not white), bleach, toilet paper, washing-up liquid and large bin-bags.
The hospice can always use long life milk, pasta and a lot of cheese and olive oil.
The volunteers of the hospice enjoy hosting fundraising events, most recently raising over €1,000 to help towards the hospice’s electric bill and visiting the hospice to help where required – we hear that the residents especially like it when the British cook lunch on a Saturday for the meat and potatoes!
To find out more about the work of the hospice and how to donate/ get involved, please contact:
Helen King – [email protected] / 608 751 933 or Saturday lunch organiser Stephen Carden – [email protected].