IF YOU have ever wondered what life might be like coping with a disability, especially one so severe that it restricts your movement and your ability to journey out of the house, you might be surprised to learn that there are far more people along the Costa Blanca who struggle with such disabilities than you might imagine, many of whom don’t drive or don’t have access to any form of transport.
HELP at Home Costa Blanca is a charitable organisation headquartered in Playa Flamenca.
HELP at Home CB has identified the need for a dedicated vehicle that can be used within the local community to provide a transport service to those who need it most.
Executive member Eileen Randall said, ‘we are desperately in need of a dedicated vehicle – one that is fitted with all the necessary ramps and mobility equipment, to be driven by a suitably trained team of individuals.’
‘The members of society who struggle with mental and physical disabilities deserve to enjoy the same quality of life as everyone else – this is precisely why we trying to raise funds for the vehicle. It’s all about social inclusion and attempting to eradicate the sense of isolation that many people with these infirmities regularly experience.’
The vehicle and associated costs will total just over €35,000 and HELP at Home CB recently received a generous donation from Campoverde Theatre Group as they were presented with a €600 cheque from the proceeds of the group’s musical ‘The Good Old Days’ which was performed at The Fiesta Plaza in early May.
This donation takes the total raised to €22,000, meaning HELP at Home CB are nearly two thirds of the way toward the target.
Whilst similar vehicles do exist on the Costa Blanca the major advantage of the HELP at Home CB vehicle is that it will be available not just to HELP at Home CB members, but to any member of the public with mobility problems that requires its use.
The Emerald Isle Weekly Market, held at La Florida every Tuesday (11.00am – 3.30pm) is currently the main source of fundraising for the vehicle, but with other events on the horizon, including a Grand Event to be held in Villamartin Plaza in September, Eileen is extremely hopeful.
‘We are now on the final lap,’ she continued ‘we are talking to car dealerships, as well as discussing the specifics of exactly what the vehicle needs to have fitted. We are also looking out for drivers, so as to establish a suitably trained team of individuals.’
For more information about HELP at Home CB and to get involved in this great fundraising initiative, check out HELP at Home CB on Facebook – helpathomecb or get in touch with Eileen or the Project Manager, Sue Selwood – 603 254 793 / [email protected]
HELP at Home Costa Blanca relies entirely on volunteers and depends solely on donations from supporters to keep providing its vital services.