British Ambassador to Portugal Kirsty Hayes visited the Algarve on Tuesday, February 10, for a special lunch in Portimão hosted by the embassy and to meet several members of the local British community in appreciation of their contribution. But it was also an opportunity to visit some of the organisations represented, such as Madrugada Association in Praia da Luz.
Later the same day, Alison Blair of Madrugada, introduced the Ambassador to the work of the charity. Arriving at Madrugada’s Support Centre during a torrential downpour, Kirsty Hayes, accompanied by her Consul, Simona Demure and Vice Consul Clive Jewell, toured the premises and learned about the services available to anyone living in the Algarve with a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness.
Alison presented some key members of her team who talked about the challenges of introducing a new approach to end-of-life care in the home. In addition, the Ambassador heard about the charity’s plans to open the first of several small ‘hospice’ units in the Algarve.
Madrugada, now in its fifth year, has evolved quickly into an organisation that is making a difference by supporting people throughout serious illness and during end-of-life care, extending all its services to close family members.
Alison emphasised that “nothing would have been accomplished without the hard work of 80-plus volunteers and the regular fundraising events and donations received from a community that understands the importance of the vital services that Madrugada provide”.
Photo from left: Vice Consul Clive Jewell, John Hough, Madrugada president Alison Blair, Ambassador Kirsty Hayes, Cynthia Sheppard and Mark Stansfield