SALONES CANOR in Teulada played host to a very special party last Friday as 260 people turned up to celebrate Jalon Valley Help’s 25th anniversary.
Jalon Valley Help is a voluntary organisation founded in 1992, when a small group of friends decided to raise money to help the needy in the local area and opened a small shop in Parcent.
Over the years and little by little, Jalon Valley Help grew, raising money wherever it could in order to donate to local worthwhile causes, before developing much needed services of its own.
The organisation´s aim has always been to improve life within the valleys – to provide advice, assistance and support to those in need in far flung villages within the Communidad de Valencia.
Jalon Valley Help raises funds through its charity shops in Jalon and Alcalali, by donations and through regular events, such as its May Fayre, Auctions and its Christmas Bazaar.
The organisation works in conjunction with other charities, organisations and HELPs in the Marina Alta to provide assistance wherever needed.
Elaine Horton, President of Jalon Valley Help, in her address to those present, praised the organisation’s volunteers:
‘Whatever is asked of them, they always step up to the mark and punch well above their weight with smiling faces.’
‘They are simply the best and I am proud of each and every one of them.’
Elaine also said that the work Jalon Valley Help do could not be carried out without the support of the community.
Guest of honour Sarah-Jane Morris, the British Consul, travelled from Madrid to share the evening and expressed her own appreciation of the work carried out by the organisation.
Also in attendance were Alcaldes and representatives from five Ayuntamientos, representatives from Fontilles, Cancer Care, AECC, Adima, Careline Theatre, Help of Denia, the Masonic Homes of Valencia, CaixaBank and many other businesses, all of whom regularly provide Jalon Valley Help with support.
The only aspect of the event not to have been meticulously planned came when, much to the surprise of Elaine, Maggie McKenzie together with volunteers from Cancer Care presented a €20,000 cheque to the organisation to be used to assist with the running costs for the Respite and Palliative Care room at Fontilles.
Elaine ‘for once’, was speechless and the audience rose to applaud this generous donation.
Also presented was another generous donation of £2,000 by Sandy Hubble, whose daughters ran the Great South Run in memory of their late father Peter Hubble from Benissa.
Supporting the event were Blevins Franks, who offered financial support and in addition, purchased a wheelchair which was placed in the foyer for all to see. Bodegas Xalo, who generously donated all the wine for the meal, S & R Prints for providing all the printing necessary and the Costa Blanca Floral Club who helped with the floral arrangements.
A fabulous celebration cake was baked by Committee Secretary, Jennifer Beattie and decorated by Mary Wood and members of her Sugar Craft Group.
Entertainment was directed by Master of Ceremonies Ian Bennett and began in the grounds with music from the Vall de Pop Casual Choir, followed by Dolce Divas. As guests sat down to dinner, John Anthony played classical guitar and was then joined by Suzanna Mace dancing flamenco. Pauline McGough gave her rendition of Victoria Wood´s ‘Let´s Do It’ and the evening concluded with duo Zodiac.