EIGHT YEARS ago, Father Mário and a group of residents in the village of Pêra started out on the long road to create, fund and build an old people’s home for the area. The employment of architects Jorge Guerreiro and Paulo Simões from Aupêra made the dream an achievable reality. The first stone was laid on July 30, 2004 to prove how serious they were about the project.
However, such a large project needs large funds. The Portuguese government and Silves Câmara have provided some money towards the five million euro project, village festivals have raised 20,000 euros each year, a dinner where Cliff Richard sang three years ago raised 30,000 euros, but 250,000 euros are still needed to complete the work. The land for the home, a large field sloping towards the sea, has been given to the project, which intends to provide a rest home for 35 elderly men and women with capacity for another 50 in the daycare centre. The ground floor will be devoted to a self-contained 15 bed unit for terminally ill patients in need of constant medical care.
Once all the money has been raised, Jorge estimates that it will take two years to construct the 4,000sqm building using only the best materials, fixtures and fittings available. With full-time nursing care, medical treatment facilities, central heating, air purification systems, air conditioning and an area for physiotherapy treatment, the home will be one of the most luxurious in the Algarve, but help is still needed to ensure that this dream can be fulfilled.
The old people’s home fund is led by Father Coelho of the church at Pêra and any contribution, however small, will be most gratefully received. You can contact Dermot Staveacre on 282 322 390 for more information. Aupêra can be contacted on 282 314 333.