During the annual results presentation held in Benalmádena this week, the Cudeca Foundation announced an income of more than four million euros for 2018. The money had been raised throughout the year via Cudeca's charity shops, fundraising events and collection tins, donations, wills and a lucrative contract with the Junta de Andalucía.
The results were presented this week, in Spanish on Wednesday and English on Thursday, at events attended by the founder and honorary president, Joan Hunt; president Rafael Urdiales; chief executive and medical director, Dr Marisa Martín; financial director, Rafael Olalla; and vice-president, Susan Hannam.
Marisa Martín gave details of the results obtained during 2018, while focusing on the fact that Cudeca has grown, not only to meet the demand for care, but to improve and advance its work through training and research. She reported that the home care teams had attended more than 1,400 patients last year, while adding that the new training and research centre project - the first stone of which was laid last July - continues to develop thanks to the generous donation of Dr Hamied.
The medical director commented, "After 26 years, Cudeca is today a benchmark in the field of palliative care in our country and also forms an active part of the international community of professionals determined to promote and improve care, and offer a competent, compassionate and dignified accompaniment at the end of life."
A positive year
Rafael Olalla said that 2018 had been a "positive year in the economic aspect". He explained that despite the growth of healthcare costs and the rise of patients cared for last year, Cudeca received enough income to almost cover costs. He pointed out that "Malaga society as a whole continues to support Cudeca very generously". He also highlighted the new training project, saying, "It is a new and exciting entrepreneurial challenge for this foundation and we hope this will become another source of funding for our work."
Thursday's event included the presentation of Cudeca's Golden Pin Award, an annual honour given for outstanding commitment to Cudeca. Sandro Morelli, owner of the Villa Tiberio Restaurant in Marbella, was recognised this year for organising numerous fundraising dinner galas, which, since 2011, have raised in excess of 160,000 euros for Cudeca.
The pin was also awarded to Mercedes Mengíbar, Director of the Costa del Sol Area of the Vithas Hospitals Group, in recognition of the commitment and dedication of the Xanit International Hospital Foundation, which, since the inauguration of the Cudeca Hospice Unit, has offered essential 24-hour care support 365 days a year.