THE Cudeca Foundation formally announced its pre-audit financial results for 2017.
For the fifth year running it was in surplus and expects to carry over €47,736 to 2018 reserves, subject to annual audit by KPMG.
The name Cudeca is an amalgam of three Spanish words Cuidados del Cancer (cancer care) and reflects the activities of this Benalmadena-based organisation, which last celebrated 25 years of caring for those with a terminal condition and their families.
Originally set up on a ‘shoestring’ by Joan Hunt OBE whose husband died from cancer, Cudeca introduced the concept of palliative care into the Costa del Sol, and since its inauguration it has cared for some 14,000 patients and their families.
From humble beginnings the centre now employs 70 professionals in all areas of healthcare, as well as relying on literally hundreds of willing volunteers, mainly women, of whom just over 60 per cent are now Spanish.
Initially, even the word cancer caused a negative reaction from the Spanish community, but as it became clear that the work being undertaken by the charity was so important not just volunteers, but Spanish organisations including the Junta de Andalucia regional government, have come on board with their financial support.
With a turnover of just under €4 million in 2017, Cudeca receives approximately €500,000 from the Junta, another €500,000 from legacies, €495,000 from their 20 charity shops, €200,000 from banks and the balance from donations and events.
The bulk of the expenditure goes on a number of care programmes with home care and inpatient care accounting for 80 per cent of the care budget, whilst a significant amount is spent on setting up the ever-expanding chain of charity shops as well as general fundraising exercises.
Special thanks were given to all of the volunteers who do so much to help keep the charity going, and representatives of Clinica Buchinger Wilhelmi were honoured by being presented with a Gold Pin in recognition of the work that they and their family had done to assist the charity.
It was also announced that with a generous donation from Dr Yusuf Hamied the first section of a brand new training centre for medical professionals on the Benalmadena grounds would be started this year.
This has been a dream of those behind the charity for years and whilst they will still need to obtain additional funds to complete the project, they will be able to raise the first building this year.