Cakes, fun and praise for Huntington’s Disease Assn

Heather receiving a certificate of thanks from Margaret Tozer, Association Treasurer.
Heather receiving a certificate of thanks from Margaret Tozer, Association Treasurer.

Within the latter part of the year, Huntington’s Disease Association members, their families and friends, enjoyed lots of fun during their fund raising events.

At Café Vienna, in Almoradi 36  people enjoyed a mouth-watering afternoon of cakes, tea and chat when Bar owner, Heather hosted an Afternoon Tea.  204  Euros was raised altogether. Added to this 65 Euros was amassed through collection tins left at Café Vienna and Restaurante Giovanni’s, also in Almoradi.

Eighty five enthusiasts took on the challenge of solving the ever popular Christmas Quiz sheet.  Another 170 Euros was raised through this.  The winning recipients, Jeannie and Geoff Cooper were delighted to receive  this year’s  prize of a beautiful hamper. The correct answers have been published on the HDA website

Praise was received from a couple in La Marina, following receipt of a grant from HDA Costa Blanca, towards a special bed.

HD sufferer, Irene Hallett was delighted with her new bed that has a remote control which will allow her to sit up un-aided, whenever she wishes.  Irene who has had Huntington’s Disease for several years now, recently had a fall that broke her upper arm and twisted her leg, which required emergency corrective surgery.   

Doug, her husband, who is Irene’s main carer said “I cannot thank the Association enough for coming to our rescue and giving us a grant towards  Irene’s bed.  It now means that both of us can enjoy  a much better sleep at night” “ what a lovely Christmas present”.

The couple received a grant earlier in the year to help pay for emergency care for Irene, when Doug was struggling to cope, following an accident.

Huntington’s Disease Association, is the sole charity in the Costa Blanca area,  that offers support to families who have a member suffering with this terrible degenerative disease.  The group hold a variety of  different functions  – in order to raise funds for this much needed support.

A support group meets weekly, on a Friday, at O’Briens Bar in El Raso from 2 – 4pm.  This gathering gives both HD sufferers and their partners the opportunity to sit, chat and exchange ideas and information in a friendly comfortable  atmosphere.

The next organised event is a Quiz Night at The Pines Restaurant in Benijofar on January 26th, starting at 7pm..  Tickets are 10 Euros, which also includes supper. For tickets, please contact Marion Smith 634905249, or email

On 23rd March there will be a Murder Mystery evening to be held at AJ’s Country Club in Quesada. For further details contact

If you know anyone in the costa Blanca area effected by Huntington’s disease, or you would like to hold your own fundraising event for this worthwhile cause, please contact the  President, Marion Smith at, or telephone 634905249.

 For further details  on HD, please visit


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