On 1st December, Cudeca paid a well-deserved tribute at the Mijas 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 Josele González, Mayor of Mijas; Nicolás Echevarría, Director of the "la Caixa" branch in Mijas; and on behalf of Cudeca Foundation, Dr. Marisa Martín, Manager and Medical Director; and Rafael Olalla, Assistant Manager and Financial Director.
Josele González, Mayor of Mijas, as well as honouring the figure of Joan, promised to collaborate with this campaign giving as much publicity as possible, and confirmed that this year the Cudeca Foundation will receive a grant of almost €40,000.
Nicolás Echevarría, representing "la Caixa", the main collaborator of the campaign, highlighted the entity's commitment to "double all donations received from customers of the entity".