About Acompalia

Acompalia's Mission and Vision

Acompalia is working towards offering, free of charge, hospice and palliative care services that enable terminally ill patients in the Granada province of southern Spain to live each remaining day as fully as possible, and to die in sympathetic surroundings, with loved ones at hand, in peace and dignity.Our hospice and palliative care services will include:

  • a sympathetic home or hospice environment where family and friends can be close, and where the patient’s wishes come first,
  • physical, emotional, practical and social support, including pain relief, and bereavement counselling for loved ones, offered by trained and caring volunteers and health care providers,
  • a peaceful setting focused on the patient’s own choices for living, and dying, with dignity.

Acompalia is already providing much-needed services for both Spanish and expat families, including:

Our vision is to build on these services over the next few years, and to offer:

  • Professional palliative care in the patient’s home, giving carers respite and support.
  • A Daycare Centre, with trained nursing staff and special wellbeing facilities including spa and massage therapy.
  • A 10-bed Acompalia Hospice with full nursing care in a peaceful garden setting.

With your generosity and support, we can make this happen.

Hospice Project

Acompalia is already providing vital services to terminally ill patients and their families in Granada province. Over the next few years, we will be building on these services to provide full palliative and hospice care:

Acompalia Centre – Module One

This first building will provide a place where patients and families can come together for support. The facilities will also house our training sessions, provide shop premises and a secure storeroom for donations and goods such as wheelchairs, special beds and other items, which Acompalia will loan to patients.

Acompalia Day Care Centre – Module Two

Acompalia’s Day Care Centre will offer services such as massage, hairdressing, manicures and pedicures, as part of a range of psychosocial and wellbeing treatments. There will also be pleasant areas for patients, families and friends to meet together, both indoors and out.

The Acompalia Hospice Building – Module Three

For patients who need advanced palliative care at the end of their lives, Acompalia’s 10-bed Hospice Building will offer full palliative and nursing care in a homelike setting, surrounded by peaceful gardens. This building will be constructed next to the Hospice Centre and will feature family rooms, a medical/therapy room and a private lounge.

Palliative Care

  • Acompalia supports terminally ill patients and their families in Granada and along the Costa Tropical, southern Spain.
  • Acompalia’s Hospice Building will offer full palliative and nursing care in a homelike setting surrounded by peaceful gardens.
  • We’ve teamed with the Palliative Care Division of Motril’s Santa Ana hospital, enhancing their services.
  • Our Acompanions provide trained, bilingual volunteers to go with patients and family members to medical appointments.
  • We provide advice, help and promotional materials for your Acompalia fundraising event.
  • There are all sorts of ways for you to help Acompalia care for terminally patients and their families.
  • At our Acompalia Shop, you can bring and buy bargains, to help fund a truly worthwhile cause.

How to contact Acompalia

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Asociacion Acompalia, G-18976456
Calle Rio Duero no. 4
Local 2
18600 Motril
Granada province
Spain

www.acompalia.org
email: info@acompalia.org
tel.: +34 664 776 251

Bank: La Caixa Bank
Account Name: Association Acompalia
Account Number: 2100 2505 0602 1008 6998

International bank details:
IBAN: ES18 2100 2505 0602 1008 6998
BIC/SWIFT: CAIXESBBXXX

Social media:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/acompalia
Twitter: @Acompalia
Google+: +AcompaliaOrg

Our Finances

Acompalia is a non-profit organisation, relying entirely on donations to finance its operations. We keep complete and detailed records of all income and expenditure and our accounts are compiled and audited by an independent accountancy firm. We take particular care to keep our operating expenses to a minimum, so a very high percentage of funds raised (80%) goes directly into providing services for our clients. Have a look at a summary in Acompalia yearly Annual Accounts, download enclosed pdf of each year.

Acompalia Committee

President
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Françoise Rajewski


Fran is a language freelancer and a natural therapy professional. She started fundraising aged 9 and has done so ever since. She left France in 1998 and went on to live in 6 countries. In Brussels, Belgium, she worked for professional associations as Sponsorship, Exhibition and Advertising Manager. She sits on the advisory board of the Vilostrada Foundation – dedicated to promote education and preserve the nomad culture –, is an active member of Belgian non-for-profit Le temps d’un instant – promoting social aesthetics in palliative and oncology wards and for which she co-wrote a book on the subject – and decided in 2017 to increase her involvement with Acompalia, of which she has been a member and for which she has been fundraising for three years. She currently lives in the South of Jaén province, and is happily married to Jérôme – Belgian-born, Senior Editor and translator for publishers and museums.

Vice President
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Francisco Ortega


Francisco has been a professional lawyer for the last 15 years. He is the Managing Director of the firm AF Consulting Advocates and Lawyers, where he is able to fulfil his ambition to help others resolve their problems. He first came across Acompalia in a professional capacity and was immediately attracted to its objectives and aims. Francisco has lived through the loss of a loved one through terminal illness, and knows well the needs of those in the last phase of their lives. He is a dedicated sportsman, a dreamer and a fighter, who tirelessly lends his support to the fulfilment of Acompalia’s aims. He was elected as Vice-President of the organisation in 2014.

Vice President
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Chris Stewart


Chris fell in love with farming at twenty one years old, and has been a farmer ever since. At forty five he took up the pen and wrote a book about his experiences farming and living in Spain. The book, ‘Driving Over Lemons’ enjoyed some considerable success both in England and in Spain. Since then he has dedicated himself to writing more books, and improving his cortijo in the Alpujarras. He was delighted to be invited to become a vice-president of Acompalia, as it is the first time in his life that he has held a position of responsibility; he hopes to discharge this responsibility honourably.

Committee Member
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Lindsay Ostervig


Lindsay owned and ran an Independent School in Kent after travelling extensively in her youth. She then had experience in fundraising before starting a new career in Property Management. While running her business she worked voluntarily for ARLA, the professional body of which she became Vice President. She retired to Lanjarón, Spain where she lost her 60 year old husband to cancer in 2010. Happily she later met and married Fernando, a Spanish musician, who is a huge support to her in her work for Acompalia.

Treasurer
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Eduardo Javier Cabezas González


Eduardo Javier Cabezas González, was born in Santa Fe, Granada in 1969. He has been married to Sandra since 1995 and has 2 sons of 19 and 15. They have lived in Lanjarón since 1995 and their sons are Cañoneros, the name given to people born and bred in Lanjarón. He studied Economic Science at Seville University from 1988-1993. Since then he has worked in various businesses, most importantly 2 financial institutions, one of which is the Caja Rural Granada in which he has been working since 1994. He currently holds the position of Director of the Lanjarón Branch. For some while Eduardo and Sandra have been thinking of dedicating some time to a charitable cause. In 2016 they contacted Lindsay and from this beginning developed a relationship with Acompalia.
Eduardo is committed to working to make Acompalia accessible so that it reaches the people and integrates society within the association.

Secretary
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Alexandra Necas


Alex is an experienced Business Coach and Consultant and has a passion for working with people and for people. She has operated in a number of different market sectors including Information Technology and Finance. She lives in Prague, in the Czech Republic but has a second home in Andalucia. Fifteen years ago her father died young from pancreatic cancer. This experience motivated Alex to join the Acompalia project where she hopes to use her spirit and energy to make life easier for others. She enjoys travelling, art and meeting new people.

Corporate Director
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Steve Stevenson


Steve is a seasoned management professional with more than 40 years experience in the Telecommunications and Information Technology sectors. He has worked in many countries of the world as Sales Director or Managing Director of the international branches of a major UK systems house. Steve is based in Prague for most of the year, but provides extensive support to Acompalia via e-mail and Skype.

Committee Member
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Chris Oliver


Chris owned and operated a successful business for more than 30 years. Prior to that he was Senior Marketing Manager for a major UK manufacturer, and had responsibility for several overseas markets. For the majority of Chris’s professional life he worked abroad, particularly in the Middle East. After selling his business in the United Arab Emirates, it is no surprise that he and his wife Derenda have chosen to spend their retirement in the very south of Andalusia. Both Chris and Derenda lost their fathers at too early an age; they therefore hope that contributing their skills to Acompalia will help make life easier for others. In addition to having served on many committees, Chris is also a qualified association football referee and has officiated at games in several countries.