This year’s Christmas Party was held at Laguna Ribs in Javea, where on arrival the children were surprised to find Olaf the Snowman (aka GA mentor Leigh Patterson) was there to welcome them. Andre soon had everyone joining in the games and there were plenty of sweets and prizes. A wonderful buffet was laid out for everyone to enjoy at around 4pm and the smell of chips soon had everyone lining up with their plates! A quick game of musical chairs afterwards enabled us to prepare for the arrival of Santa (aka Caryl Patterson), who took up residence in his grotto, where Olaf the Snowman helped him distribute gifts to all the children. The mums were not forgotten and at the end of the afternoon, they were presented with chocolates and cava. In the absence of Trisha, who was in the UK attending her latest grandson’s christening, Gill and Andre did a great job organising the smooth running of the afternoon, assisted by chief mentor Becky and mentors Tracey, Celia, Ann and Vernon.
In November we held only our second-ever, fund-raising ball but this time we went upmarket and hired the ballroom at the Denia Marriott La Sella Golf Resort. Our ambitious plan, sponsored by De Vere of Spain, paid off and 200 of the charity’s helpers and supporters, dressed in their best ball gowns and dinner suits, topped off by some wonderful, colourful masks, enjoyed a great night of food, music and dancing.
Guests were welcomed with a cava reception around the hotel’s pool and entertained by saxophonist Frank Abrams. A 3-course meal with wine followed, after which the Allerton Road group helped to fill the dance floor until well after midnight. A photo booth supplied by Photopod Spain enabled everyone to capture some zany memories of the night and Andre’s heads and tails game caused great hilarity.
A great fund-raising event took place at the Monsoon Thai Restaurant in Javea in October with entertainers Clair Gingell Parsons and saxophonist Frank Abrams. It was a a very enjoyable evening with delicious Thai food, fantastic music and everyone on the floor dancing at the end. A huge thank you to our 2 great entertainers – our very own rock chick Clair Gingell Parsons and the talented saxophonist Frank Abrams – who gave up their evening to help us raise funds for GA.
Our annual Pool Day was enjoyed by 30 members and children, held at the beautiful villa of GA supporter Dorothy Place. It was a good opportunity for members to chat and make new friendships but also a sad day, as we said farewell to member Gary Foreman and his children, who are returning to New Zealand to start a new life later this month. Gary’s departure was celebrated with a beautiful cake made by Ann Martin and the gift of a GA plaque.
The GA Benidorm group went to Algar Waterfalls on 19th July as one of the meetings that have been organised for the summer holidays. We all had a lovely day climbing up and down the waterfalls. Then having a picnic, followed by another swim and finally ending the day under the waterfall.
On Sunday the 28th June we had our first get together of the GA Benidorm wing. It was attended by four families with children’s age ranging from 2 to 16. Everyone enjoyed a refreshing swim followed by a light lunch, which the families brought, after which some of the children played ‘Ono’ and returned later to have another dunk in the pool. We will be meeting every Sunday during the school holidays, either at Susana Cojocaru’s house for a swim or visiting an alternative venue. On the 19th July we are going to Algar Waterfalls, everyone is welcome to join us.