On 25th November, Cudeca paid a well-deserved tribute at the Marbella 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 Mª Ángeles Muñoz, Mayoress of Marbella; Juan Carlos Martín, Director of the Marbella Costa del Sol Business Area of "la Caixa"; Juan José González, President of CIT Marbella; and on behalf of the Cudeca Foundation, Dr. Marisa Martín, Manager and Medical Director; and Angel Krebbers, Communication and Fundraising Department.
Mª Ángeles Muñoz, Mayoress of Marbella Town Hall, highlighted "the solidarity and sensitivity of Joan Hunt, founder of Cudeca Hospice", and announced that "for the first time, and even though our relationship has always been one of institutional and economic support, there will be a nominative budget item for Cudeca Hospice, which is one of the organisations that we understand from the Town Hall that require additional funding as we consider them necessary for the work they carry out".
Juan Carlos Martín, representing "la Caixa", the main collaborator of the campaign, highlighted the commitment of the entity to "double all donations received from customers of the entity".
Juan José González, president of CIT Marbella commented that "CIT Marbella is going to participate in this important campaign and, in addition, we will motivate all our associates to collaborate".