The venue was in the Cudeca Centre in Benalmádena in the prescence of the mayor of Benalmádena, Víctor Navas, and the Health Councillor, Alicia Laddaga; the representatives of the Benalmádena PP Group, Paloma García, Juan Olea and Ana María Macías; and the Deputy- Mayoress of Torremolinos, Maribel Tocón; the Director of Business Development of the Vithas Xanit International Hospital, Juan Bosco; the Director of Nursing Care of the Costa del Sol District, Mª. Luz Mancha; the representative of Helicópteros Sanitarios, Inmaculada Lanzas; and on behalf of Cudeca Hospice, Joan Hunt OBE, founder & honorary president; Marisa Martín, chief executive & Medical Director; Susan Hannam, Vice President; Rafael Olalla, Deputy Chief Executive-Financial, Communications & Fundraising Director; and Inmaculada Ruíz, Director of the Volunteering Department.
Joan Hunt OBE opened the event with words of welcome to all the people present and underlined that “Just 10 years ago, opening the In-Patient Unit was the fulfillment of the vision that a few of us shared in 1992 when we commenced our first Home Care, given then by volunteers. Now we are celebrating 10 years and many patients and families have experienced the benefits of the special care that the medical staff and unit provide”.
After, Marisa Martín presented the history of the Unit as well as the results of the Campaign “We Need List” and commented that “Thanks to the involvement of the community and volunteers, Cudeca Hospice has managed to run the In-Patient Unit for 10 years, offering services to more than 1,700 patients and families, free of charge. Doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers and physiotherapists work each day in the Hospice offering the best special care”.
Rafael Olalla mentioned that “the In-Patient Unit opened in 2005, which was a great challenge for the Foundation as this involved doubling the budget. Yet, thanks t the effort made by everybody we have been able to celebrate 10 years of special care”. He went on to say “though we have reached 10 years and we have 1,400 members, we are still in need of 5,000 members to cover the costs of our Assistance Programmes which help 1,000 people free of charge every year”.
Susan Hannam showed the commemorative video of the 10th anniversary, made by young students of the University of Málaga.
Inmaculada Ruíz underlined “the great work undertaken, over the past 10 years, by the volunteers of the In-Patient Unit, working for the patients and their families in their rooms”.