Benalmádena, 5 de abril de 2011
Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice, held its Annual Care, Financial and Voluntary Results Presentation for 2010.
The event was attended by many authorities, businesses, volunteers and supporters of the Hospice as well as the municipalities of Benalmádena, Málaga, Mijas, Fuengirola and Alhaurín el Grande. Also collaborators such as the Costa del Sol Health District, Hare Benalmádena, Unicaja, Cajasol, Xanit International, Croasa, AECC, Colegio Internacional Torrequebrada, Málaga Siglo XXI, Plaza Mayor, Restaurante Los Mellizos, Rendelsur and the University of Malaga.
Present on behalf of Cudeca, were President and Founder, Joan Hunt OBE; Chief Executive and Medical Director, Dr. Marisa Martín Roselló, Deputy Chief Executive – Financial Director, Rafael Olalla and the Director of Nursing, Susan Hannam, who consequently awarded the Cudeca 2010 Golden Pin to the Good Companions group (represented by Tony White), in recognition for their continuous support to Cudeca since 1995 and their fantastic fundraising achievement of 123,000€ to date for the Hospice Centre.
With regards to medical achievements, Dr. Martin explained that "2010 was a year full of excitement, as just when our Care Programme was in financial difficulites, we began to receive economic assistance and volunteer aid, allowing us to care for another 100 patients than the previous year. The figures are detailed below:
| TOTAL NUMBER OF PACIENTES || 717 |
| TOTAL NUMBER OF CLINICAL TREATMENTS || 3.665 |
| TOTAL NUMBER OF PSICOSOCIAL SESSIONS || 3.735 |
| TOTAL NUMBER OF FOLLOW-UP CALLS || 6.916 |
| TOTAL NUMBER OF KM’S || 71.892 |
| AVERAGE STAY AT CUDECA HOSPICE || 38 días |
| Average visit-Consultation/patient || 5,1 |
| Average Km’s covered per patient || 100,3 |
With regards to our financial situation, Rafael Olalla explained that 2010 was a great year from a financial perspective. Not only have we managed to reduce the deficit by 33% from -415,000€ to -280,000€, but we have gratefully received legacies of properties, allowing us to estimate that in 2011 the income will cover expenditure. However, it is important to understand that our long-term future remains uncertain, given the unpredictable nature of our inheritances.
The future of our Hospice is without doubt our greatest challenge: we need to maintain the support of the community of Malaga, which includes volunteers, donations, sponsorships, public entities, banks and other support.
All the developments during the past year have been made possible thanks to numerous companies, institutions and professionals within the media who are committed to our cost-free project, helping us to meet the needs of patients suffering from advanced cancer and support to their families.