On Thursday 12th April HELP Murcia Mar Menor made the first of its cash donations for the year 2018 to AFEMAR (Association of family members with mental illness and generalized disorder of child and adolescent development in the Mar Menor Region of Murcia)
This charity had been selected by HELP members at their AGM in March. AFEMAR gives training and support for up to 20 young people in the San Pedro area and beyond.
At the moment they have taken an extra six clients from Murcia as they try to never turn anyone away explained Director Raoul Saes and Vice President Jose Luis Martinez both of whom have children at the centre. With limited funding from local government the parents of the clients have to support the charity financially. The young people spend up to eight hours a day at the centre learning various skills painting, cooking pottery and bicycle maintenance to name just a few.
There is also professional help from a psychiatrist on site. Shortly to be moving to a new centre in San Pedro Sr. Jose Luis Martinez said that the €3000 donated from HELP will go towards decorating and fitting out the new centre.
The photograph shows HELP´s President Christine Baillie and Caring Services officer Janneke Chambers presenting the €3000 cheque to the Vice President of AFEMAR Jose Luis Martinez.