Full list of raffle prize winners

Raffle Prize Winners

2018 winners of BBF raffle prizes

Did you buy a raffle ticket from one of the British Benevolent Fund’s volunteers in the run up to the concert? Have a look at this list! You may have won a prize!

2018 LIST OF RAFFLE PRIZES BBF CONCERT

  PRIZE Nº  Ticket Name
1 RETURN TICKETS IBERIA EXPRESS MADRID / LONDON 00637 Julian
2 LEAD CRYSTAL BOWL 00494 Sheila Stewart
3 TEETH WHITENING TREATMENTS 01039 Sotomayor
4 ELECTRIC TOOTH BRUSH 00748 IRA
5 SERIES TEN PRINTS 00396 Rev Paul
6 INTENSIVE ENGLISH COURSE SAINT CHARLES 02266 Taissa G
7 LUNCHES  (2 PEOPLE) MILFORD ´S RESTAURANT 00939 Javier (from gym)
8 BOTTLE OF WINE (2) 00420 Jenny Swanson
9 BOOK ON VELAZQUEZ 00722 Alberto
10 INTENSIVE SPANISH COURSE ONE WEEK LAE LANGUAGE  SCHOOL 00744 IRA
11 ENGLISH LESSONS AT VAUGHAN ACADEMY 02980 Adrián
12 PACK MORINGA POWDER AND LEAVES

WITH RECIPE BOOK

02908 Mal
13 BOOK TENERIFE 01974 Federico
14 ANORAK 02282 Taissa G
15 BOTTLE OF GIN 02040 Callie
16 BOOK ON ANTARTICA 01218 Frank Powell
17 SET OF TWO TIES AND CUFF LINKS 00499 David Taylor (Diane)
18 2 LESSONS PILATES 4 PERSONS 02929 Lucía
19 JEWELLERY FROM CAROLINA CARVALLO 01928 Lola Espinosa
20 LUNCH OR DINNER FOR 2  XAREL –LO GASTRO BAR 00120 Lucía
21 COFFEE TABLE  BOOK ON MOROCCO 02975 TERI
22 COFFEE TABLE  BOOK ON MOROCCO 02907 Mal
23 AMBASSADOR SUITCASE BOOK 00764 Jesús
24 BACK PACK 00720 Alberto
25 HAMPER FROM SABORES DEL MUNDO 02811 Verónica
26 SILK TIE II 00773 David
27 SILK TIE I 02976 Adrián
28 ROAD  MAPS 01984 Raquel
29 BOOK SUÁREZ A GORBACHOV 02942 Graene
30 A BOX MAHOU UTILITIES 02986 Tree
31 BOOK MADRID INTACTO 01458 Tola
32 EVENING  ON WINE AND TAPAS – WONDER BOX 01133 Lydia iTOI
33 INVITATION (2  PEOPLE)  LAVINIA  WINES 02467 Francisco Diéguez
34 INVITATION (2  PEOPLE)  LAVINIA  WINES 00686 Alison Wade
35 WINE AND TAPAS EVENING (2 PEOPLE) 00379 Philida
36 PAC-A-MAC 01117 Lydia iTOI
37 DINNER FOR 2 AT PUERTO DE LAGASCA 00538 Ricardo Lama
38 1 YEAR MEMBERSHIP TO AMERICAN CLUB 02423 Jane Kinnear
       

Contact our vice-chairman if you recognize your name / ticket number above:

vice-chairman@britishbenevolentfund.org

Thanks to everyone who contributed with prizes. The raffle was a huge success and the money raised will be put to good use.

British Benevolent Fund #FreshMadrid fair

#FreshMadrid2018 – English-speaking community of Madrid fair

BBF welcomes everyone back to Madrid after the summer!

On the 13th of September the BBF celebrated its 5th annual English speaking fair at St George’s Anglican Church in Madrid. The event was a huge success, the best yet!

patio view of #FreshMadrid fair

Over 400 people and nearly 40 stalls packed into the church’s hidden garden patio for Fresh Madrid 2018, a dynamic community fair that raised over 800 euros for the British Benevolent Fund. This year’s fair broke attendance records and gained some important new exhibitors. Stalwart Madrid-based English-speaking associations such as the American Women’s Club and the British Scouts were joined by diverse clubs such as the Hash House Harriers and Hiking Madrid. New companies to join the foray this year were Vaughan Systems and HM Hospitales, contributing to the hubbub of English language conversations about all and sundry.

International Newcomers at #FreshMadrid

Visitors to the fair sampled vegan cookies prepared by Parisa Salahshourian, middle eastern delicacies made by refugee Syrian chefs, lollipops handed out by Kids in Madrid, beer from local brewery Oso Brew Co and ubiquitous tea and coffee, so quintessentially British, served by willing volunteers.  

Advice was at hand on issues as varied as chargers for electric cars, Spanish language classes, private insurance policies, individual health cover, alternative therapies and multilingual therapy. English language entertainers including award-winning comedienne Tricia Audette and local band The Lovehearts were there to talk about their latest shows. Children’s ballet teacher Joy, who runs a weekly class at St George’s, and creative dance company Hello! English spoke about their activities for 2018/19. Other children’s services providers included Dolores Gage who teaches pottery in English / French to children and Fun Finance who help budding child entrepreneurs’ work out budgets.

Madrid-based English pop group The Lovehearts, promoted the release of their latest 5 song EP on Spotify at #FreshMadrid. Chris Neill, trumpet player in the Lovehearts and case support volunteer for the BBF said: “As all our compositions are in English, the Fresh Madrid Fair was the perfect platform for us to promote the release of our EP on Spotify”.

The Lovehearts stall at BBF English-speaking community of Madrid fair

The Lovehearts at #FreshMadrid

Regular social groups such as Madrid Babel, the American Club and the International Newcomers Club of Madrid recruited new members, whilst St George’s church raised awareness of their forthcoming fundraising activities. Volunteers from the British Cemetery shared their enthusiasm for this quaint corner of Madrid that is the fountain of many stories. Meanwhile, the new feature for 2018 –  a BBF tombola – was surprisingly popular with visitors. All in all, the fair was a true representation of everything Madrid’s English-speaking community has to offer. Olaf Clayton, Events organizer for the British Benevolent Fund thanked everyone who took part: “This was a wonderful evening connecting the English-Speaking community in Madrid”.  

BBF committee members: Olaf Clayton, Sarah-Jane Morris and Stewart Cusden

 

Christmas Appeal 2017

Dear Friend of the British Benevolent Fund,

CHRISTMAS APPEAL 2017

Thank you for being with us and providing support to the BBF in 2017.

Over the past 12 months your donations have enabled us to help over 20 cases of British citizens who have found themselves in need or distress in Spain. We have been at the side of the elderly, the infirm, the isolated and the vulnerable to help them overcome their difficulties.

To extend our reach throughout Spain, the work of the BBF is carried out in conjunction with local partner organisations who are better placed to provide support and advice. The contributions you have made have been disbursed in various ways to ensure that timely assistance is provided.

Your support has provided emergency funds to British victims of crime who may have been pickpocketed or tricked out of their money. We have helped individual British citizens with paperwork so that they can begin to solve their homeless status.

Thanks to you we have helped several British people with mental health problems who find themselves in distressing situations. From the beginning to the end of this year we have worked tirelessly to uphold our values of care, expediency, impartiality and discretion.

We at the BBF depend upon voluntary donations to fulfil our vision of caring for British citizens in Spain with benevolence. We have successfully raised funds through our popular annual events and as our volunteer base continues to grow we are confident that fundraising will increase in tandem.

If you have made a donation during the course of this year, we thank you and hope you will be able to do the same in 2018.

For those of you who are donating for the first time, please note that any amount will be gratefully received and put to good use. Please click here to donate with your credit card or Paypal account.

The BBF is currently looking for volunteers with skills in marketing and publicity as well as event management. It needs these skills in order to make people more aware of what they do and reach more people in need. If you would like to contribute a small amount of time to help please contact the Chairman at info@britishbenevolentfund.org

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Stewart Cusden

Chairman

Classic Show Stoppers Concert!

On Wednesday 25th of October we celebrated our sixth annual fundraising concert in Madrid. This year’s event took place at the residence of Simon Manley, HM Ambassador to Spain and Andorra. The venue was perfect. On the night more than one hundred people enjoyed an elegant soirée in extraordinary surroundings, and thanks to their generosity and support we raised over €4000!

Guests began to arrive at 7pm and were greeted personally by the Ambassador and members of the BBF Executive Committee. The Vice Chairman of the British Benevolent Fund welcomed everyone to the concert and thanked the Ambassador and his wife Maria Isabel for hosting the event. The Ambassador spoke warmly about the good work that the British Benevolent Fund carries out in Spain. He thanked the classically trained performers who had travelled from the UK especially to perform at the event. Finally, he mentioned the supporters of the concert: Bodegas Martúe, Grupo Agora, Hays Recruitment Services, Iberia Express, Jemima Webster Catering, Mallorca Catering and Santamania Gin, all of whom made the event possible.

The first half of the show was filled with extracts from popular classical music pieces such as Papageno’s Suicide Aria and O Babbino Mio. Members of Runnymede School choir joined the stage for Abends will ich schlafen gehn and helped fill the room with song. Having young performers take part in the concert added a family feeling to the evening.

During the interval our host Simon Manley drew the raffle prizes, some of which were won by members of the audience to much applause. The rest of the winning numbers are listed here and we will be contacting the lucky winners over the next few days.

After the interval we were treated to hand-picked songs from popular musicals such as South Pacific and My First Lady. The performances were effortlessly stellar. The atmosphere was electric. We were swept away by a combination of song and music that was contagious! The final medley of Lion King sung by the talented Runnymede choir singers had some of us up on our feet. At the end of the evening the audience called out for an encore, to which the artists and choir happily obliged.

Drinks and delicious food were served afterwards in the garden. People mingled and chatted informally amongst themselves. Some guests took the opportunity to ask questions about the British Benevolent Fund’s role in Spain. The children ran around the garden happily and somehow found a ball to kick around. It was the perfect ending to a lovely evening.

Speaking afterwards Callie Stewart de Melendez, Vice Chairman of the British Benevolent Fund said: “Events such as this are vital in our efforts to continue supporting British citizens in Spain and we are very appreciative of all those sponsors who helped make the event happen and make it such an enjoyable evening”.

Photo gallery Charity Reception Mallorca