The Accidental Cylist raises funds for Motor Neurone Disease Association

The Accidental Cyclist - Charlie PickCharlie Pick, 29, set off from his family's village shop near Chesterfield in mid February this year to embark on an epic life changing trip around the world on his trusty bike. His first stop is Portugal, before heading to Spain and next, Italy. From there he hopes to move on to the United Arab Emirates and further afield.

"My aim is to circumnavigate the globe using pedal power on land to transport me wherever is safe and realistic, whilst raising awareness and help fund raise for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. I'll be making a living from coaching tennis along the way."

John Aldridge Charity Classic Tournaments

 Left to right: John Aldridge, NECI’s Dr. João Vieira G. Silva and Charlie Milsom of Boavista GolfOn one of his regular visits to Boavista Golf, John Aldridge took the opportunity to present a cheque of €8,500 to NECI’s President Dr. João Vieira Gonçalves Silva, money raised at his charity tournament at the end of last year at Boavista Golf.

Sporting a field of 132 golfers, from the UK, Ireland and Portugal, the John Aldridge Charity Classic proved once again to be a great success. Brought back to Boavista Golf and Spa Resort in 2011 the event has grown each year, with 2014 reaching record numbers, in both players and monies raised.

Madrugada Celebrates 6th Birthday with new logo

MadrugadaDesigned by Suzi Steinhofel of Design Works, the new logo is fresh and light whilst capturing the imagination and reflecting the charity’s ethos beautifully.

Now in its fifth year of charitable service the association and its home based palliative care services is becoming a household name. Madrugada’s professional clinical team has supported and cared for over sixty people living in the West and Central region of the Algarve who chose to remain in their own home for end of life care. The positive impact of this provision is being felt by patients and their families as the team extends the emotional, spiritual and social support to close family members and carers.

Christina Vandermeulen can certainly Walk the Walk!

Christina VandermeulenThis Vale da Telha resident and Amovate member has already walked from Brussels to Paris—and from Paris to Brussels, taking just four days each time!
Christina has also completed Belgian’s famous Dodentocht (‘Walk of the Dead’), a 100km trek which has to be done in 24 hours and for which some competitors set off from the start line carrying coffins!
The gruelling walk derives its name from the length of the march and the rough and forested terrain the walkers pass through.

Ambassador Kirsty Hayes pays two-day visit to the Algarve

Ambassador Kirsty Hayes pays two-day visit to the Algarve UnpublishedKirsty Hayes, British Ambassador in Portugal, recently made a two day visit to the Algarve during which she had the opportunity to engage with a diverse group of British residents, many of whom have been actively involved in charity, voluntary or professional community work in the Algarve over a substantial period of time.

She was accompanied throughout the visit by British Consul and Regional Operations Manager, Simona Demuro, and by Vice Consul Portimão, Clive Jewell.

Ambassador visits Madrugada Support Centre

 Left to Right - Clive Jewell, John Hough, Alison Blair, Kirsty, Hayes, Cynthia Sheppard, Mark Stansfield.On a day when the skies opened over the Algarve (Tuesday 10th Feb 2015) and many of us were temporarily plunged into darkness, a ray of sunshine in the form of our British Ambassador Kirsty Hayes radiated warmly throughout a special lunch in Portimão which was hosted by the embassy.

In addition to meeting several British subjects invited to the event in appreciation of their contribution to the Algarve’s British community, the Ambassador also visited some of the organisations represented.

For some, every day is a cancer day...

World Cancer DayFebruary 4th is World Cancer Day. For anyone who has been affected by cancer, the likelihood is that every day is a cancer day.

If you or someone you love is trying to cope with a diagnosis of cancer, Madrugada is here to offer support.
If you or someone you love has terminal cancer and would like to remain at home for end of life care, Madrugada is here to offer specialist nursing care and support.

APAA's 2015 Fundraising Events

APAAPlease see below the list of APAA's fabulous fundraising events for this year. The finer details regarding these events will be published nearer the time, including the first 2015 event - the French themed dinner, for which details will follow within the next few days.
Please note that this event can only accommodate 26 people so early booking is advised!