On 30 November, Cudeca paid a well-deserved tribute at the Estepona Town Hall to the recently deceased pioneer of palliative care in Spain and founder of Cudeca Hospice, Joan Hunt.
Cudeca then presented its new crowdfunding campaign "Joan Hunt, one in a Million" which aims to raise €1,000,000 to create and manage a Paediatric Palliative Care Unit for 4 years.
This Unit would include specialised comprehensive care and compassionate accompaniment of children and young people as well as their families including not only parents, but also siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles.... the whole family. A Unit with an expert team of professionals (doctors, psychologists, nurses, social workers, music, art and play therapists, teachers, physiotherapists, ....) and volunteers, would attend both in the homes and at the Cudeca Centre, in room number 10 or at the Day Centre.
Joan's house, paediatric room number 10. A central part of this project is to remodel the house where Joan lived her last years, built and paid for by herself. Located next to the Cudeca Hospitalisation Unit in Benalmádena, it will be converted into a space completely adapted to deal with such special situations, familiar and homely, with its own kitchen and a small garden overlooking the sea.
The event was attended by María Begoña Ortiz, Deputy Mayor, Social and Cultural Area of Estepona; Luisa López, Councillor for Citizen Participation; Esther Castellano, Director of the Estepona office of "la Caixa"; and on behalf of the Cudeca Hospice, Dr. Marisa Martín, Chief Executive and Medical Director; and Rafael Olalla, Deputy Chief Executive and Financial Director.
Esther Castellano, representing "la Caixa", the main collaborator of the campaign, highlighted the entity's commitment to "double all donations received from customers of the entity".