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Community comes together

More than 350 people attended the Vale da Telha Music Festival on August 20, with proceeds from the night being donated to Madrugada, the association which helps people with life limiting illness.

The festival, which was backed by Aljezur Câmara and local businesses, was hosted by the local residents association AMOVATE and was deemed to be a success with music coming from The Teds, a rock and roll doo-wop style band that had the crowds dancing and jiving until past midnight.

AMOVATE donated nine wheelchairs to the Barlavento Hospital in Portimão last year from their fundraising efforts and this year they hope to exceed the €800 required to buy a specialist Ripple Bed for Madrugada.

The next event by the group is tomorrow (Saturday), a summer party at Pastelaria do Parque from 2pm.

The party will include arts and crafts stalls, novelty games, a prize raffle and music, with the funds from this also being donated to buying a Ripple Bed.

The community chose to support Madrugada after the association helped one local resident earlier this year.

Jeanette Cumberworth, who lost her husband Tony, said: “I had firsthand experience of the comfort and care provided by Madrugada, even though unfortunately for my family we only discovered them a little late.

“I wanted to do this to help Madrugada get better and bigger to reach out to more families who need this kind of support, and also to make people aware of the wonderful care they give so willingly.”

She added: “They really do help people and their families in the Algarve cope with serious illness. The community here has rallied around in such a wonderful way to help me thank Madrugada in this manner.”

For further information about Madrugada, please visit