AGM 25th January 2025

Help Benidorm celebrated the AGM . Andrés Rubio stood down from the committee but continues as a member. For many years he had acted as an interpreter for Help and conducted both Spanish classes for foreigners and English classes for Spaniards, until the outbreak of Covid. Unfortunately there is nobody availible to continue language classes.

Help President Jacqueline Leather stated at the AGM “I would like to extend an immense THANKYOU. Andrés has made many long standing friendship’s who would like to voice their appreciation for all of his contributions, his commitment and dedication that he has applied over the years “

UK Passport renew must now be done online or with smartphone.

It is quite easy for people handy with a smartphone. First take a good selfie with plain white background and then type into your browser Renew UK Passport bring up a link to the https://www.gov.uk. site.Make sure it is the genuine www. gov.uk site. It costs 105 euros or free if you are over 90.

UK Passport Renewal at Round Town Travel Avda Dr Severo Ochoa 2, Benidorm
You can get your passport renewed here for 160 euros or 30 euros if you are over 90. They send off your old passport and you will get a new one in the post together with your old passport in separate envelopes delivered by courier. Passport renewal con now only be done online or with smartphone so those not tech savy this is a good option.
Telephone 966 811123. If you do not live in Benidorm ask in a British owned business such as Estate agent etc to see if they will do it for you.

Loss Passport now you can apply online for Emergency Travel Documents

EMERGENCY TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Any British national who needs to travel urgently but doesn´t have a full validity passport (it could be lost, stolen, expired or damaged) has to apply online for an Emergency Travel Document.

If you or anyone else is in that situation, they should apply online at: www.gov.uk/emergency-travel-document

They will have to upload their photo, travel booking confirmation and any other documents requested and pay online.

As long as the application has been completed correctly, the customer will get an email within two working days advising them to go and collect the document from their nearest British Consulate.

If you have any vulnerable customers who are finding it difficult to apply online, they can contact the British Consulate on 965 21 60 22.

Make appointment with your GP or Practice Nurse online.

Help intepreters often get asked to ring for to make a Health Centre appointment for someone. Which is annoying as the phone is often engaged.

Now you can do it yourself online without any authorisation codes etc at

https://www.gva.es/es/inicio/procedimientos?id_proc=2888 Click this link then,

click the red icon. Insert you SIP Number and date of birth. Follow the green arrows at bottom of screen until you reach Confirmar. You can choose presencial or telephone appointments and also date and time of appointment.

If you need an urgent same day appointment you still may need to ring or make appointment in person if none are available online.

Jean Barber treasured member of Help Benidorm

We are so very sorry to hear the heart breaking news that one of our loyal members Jean, has sadly passed away. She has been part of the fabric of HELP for so many years and was loved and respected by all. She had such a bright and appealing outlook, as well as a great sense of humour. Jean worked tirelessly keeping the ‘Euro Boutique’ up and running at our weekly meetings, raising funds for HELP. She was such a caring soul who loved to socialise with friends and colleagues alike and always looked so elegant. It is with a heavy heart that we will say goodbye to Jean on Monday (16th) at 12,30 at the Tanatoria Crematorium Marina Baixa ( Villajoasa Crematorium).

Rest in Peace our gorgeous Jean

Jean Barber 01.03.1936 – 10.10.2023

Help Get Jack Home. The Campaign to raise funds for air ambulance was successful. Jack is now back in the UK

Jack and his mates decided to have a 3-day holiday in Benidorm. Jack has Type 1 Diabetes and what he didn’t anticipate was that his personal possessions would mysteriously disappear and he would collapse due to hypoglycemic encephalopathy and end up on ICU due to prolonged hypoglycemiae; in a coma, relying on breathing and feeding tubes to keep him alive, with possible brain damage. Jack did not declare his pre-existing condition on his insurance and for that, is paying the ultimate price. Jacks’ mum and dad have been with him every single day since it happened and now just want to take their son home and get him into Neuro rehab.

Jack’s parents organised a massive fund raising campaign to pay for an air ambulance back to the UK. The cost was over 25,000 euros. Help Benidorm was able to arrange a grant from The British Benevelont Fund in Madrid to cover part of the cost.

Jack returned to the UK and is making good progress in a rehabilitation unit in a Staffordshire hospital.

LOAN OF OXYGEN MACHINES

Do you have C.O.P.D or similar related conditions and rely on an 02 Oxygenator, preventing you from booking holidays ?

HELP Benidorm can loan you, free of charge, a Respironics Everflow continuous oxygen concentrator for the duration of your holiday. We request a returnable deposit of 150€. We ask for proof of prescription by a registered Doctor. As a charity we receive no funding but rely solely on donations. Contact us via Facebook (HELP International). contact us on +34 607 387 040, or email us at benidormhelp@gmail.com or fill in our CONTACT FORM

HELP NEEDS HELP

Could you give some of your time to help people in time of need or who have become vulnerable? We are a small group who meet every Thursday morning (10.30 am) at the community centre up near the tram station (Centro Social José Llorca Linares C/ de Goya, s/n, 03502 Benidorm). It is helpful if you have a car and can speak Spanish (but in no way is this an essential requirement). We are a happy bunch who fully support each other. Check us out to find out what we do and consider if its something that you could be involved with…..on Facebook (HELP International). Visit our website https://www.helpbenidorm.org. Or contact us on 607 387 040

HELP MAKES DONATION TO PROJECT4ALL

HELP International were more than happy to give another contribution to Project 4 All. Accepting the donation is Jonny Hellraizer (Jonny Elraiz) and Jo Hollingworth (middle); two of the exceptional volunteers who ensure that the homeless and vulnerable people in and around the Benidorm area, are looked after. The aim of the charity is to get out and about with regular food runs, as well as equipping people with (winter) supplies ( sleeping bags / clothes etc).

The charity needs constantly funding for it to continue its amazing work. Check out their Facebook page if you want to make a donation.

Presenting the cheque are HELP volunteers; Jennifer Illston (left) newly elected Secretary and Linda Booth (right); Membership Co-ordinator.

Discount bus pass for over 65’s Tarjeta Oro

You can apply for this at the ayuntamiento. Also online in English at https://alicante.avanzagrupo.com/en If you are on the Padron you are advised to do it through the town hall to get more benefits. You will need a photo.

For Benidorm council book appointment (Cita Previa) at. https://benidorm.org/es/ayuntamiento/concejalias/atencion-al-ciudadano/cita-previa. Chhose Otro Tramite Sin Registro and choose nearest office.