On Saturday, 23rd September, the Stroke Association of Spain held an open day at their new premises in the Casa De Cultura in Benijofar, Alicante. This new centre offers a rehabilitation unit, a speech therapy centre and also an occupational therapy department. They also offer lessons on how to use a smartphone and computer tablets and give basic Spanish lessons. They also have a social room for get-togethers, meetings and parties.
The local Mayor, Sr. Luis Rodreguez, was present to cut the tape at the opening ceremony, accompanied by Ms. Piler Yagues, from Social Services and Ms. Veronica Alberole Pachecc from the Culture Centre.
Freemasons, from Caledonia Lodge No. 68, presented a folding hospital bed and a lifting frame to the centre. Both of which were received with great enthusiasm and thanks. The Worshipful Master of Caledonia Lodge, W.Bro. Michael Knight, the Almoner, W.Bro. Erick Turner and Bro. Sidney Formby, attended but, unfortunately, arrived after the official opening.
The pictures show the Mayor cutting the tape and the presentation of the equipment. From left to right, W.Bro. Frank Hammond. Paul Owen, the manager of the centre, Luis Rodreguez, the Mayor, Ms. Piler Yagues of Social Services and Ms Veronica Alberole Pacheu, from the Culture Centre.
It was a very successful day; stalls included books for sale, candles, clothes, and bric a brac. There was face painting for the children, along with hot and cold drinks and home-made cakes. There was also a tombola and a raffle. Something for everyone.