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New charity aims to set up hospice

By ELOISE WALTON [email protected]

More than 1,300 euros was raised for a new Algarve-based charity association, Project Madrugada, at its launch event at Fortaleza da Luz restaurant in Praia da Luz on February 25.

Project Madrugada aims to support people dealing with the psychological impact of being diagnosed with cancer or any other life limiting illness as well as raise funds to build a residential hospice in the Algarve.

Having moved to the Algarve more than two years ago from Kent in the UK, professional psychotherapist Alison Blair found a great need for this service in the region. 

“After helping some patients with life limiting illnesses during the summer, I realised that it was very difficult to find the right people and services all in one place,” said Alison.

“I realised in July that there was a great need for a residential hospice in the region.”

Great success

Having contacted many people, as well as checking the viability, potential and cost of the project, Alison has now started to move the charity forward.

“Our launch meeting was a great success, with more than 70 people attending and we are currently working on registering as an official Portuguese charity as well as setting up a dedicated website,” she said.

The development of Project Madrugada is planned to take place in two stages, the first of which is to provide people with accurate information about orthodox and complementary treatments, provide a database of home nursing services, equipment hire and availability, and provide subsidised complementary therapies, among other services.

The second stage will be to build a facility which is able to offer day care and residential services to everyone in the Algarve who is affected by a life limiting illness.

Project Madrugada will be hosting a focus group in April with speakers from established centres who will help with the development of a project action plan.

“We are very busy setting up this project and are currently trying to open an advice centre, which could be based in Luz,” said Alison.

For more information about Project Madrugada or if you would like to volunteer your services, please contact Alison Blair on 964 951 570 or email [email protected]

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