On 25th May,responding to a call from its supporters, Acompalia is holding a special Open Day in its centre in Lanjarón. The main reason for this event is to mark the first anniversary of the passing away of Agnes Cook Bainbridge, the charity’s oldest volunteer. But it is also an opportunity for visitors to see how Acompalia operates, to meet some of the key people and to understand the vital role played by volunteers.
Come along to our centre in Los Peňoncillos in Lanjarón on the 25th May 2017 we start at 1.30 pm, find out who we are, what we do and let’s discuss how you can enjoy supporting us in helping people with terminal illness to live their lives fully, right up to the very end.
Welcome and tapas lunch with wine, beer, soft drinks and sangria.
Program on the 25th May – Agnes Remembrance Day
- A short presentation on who we are, what we do, where we are going
- An opportunity to browse in the shop and talk to individuals from different backgrounds
- A presentation on the Helpline, how it helps our patients, what we have given, how to volunteer
- A short presentation of all other opportunities with handouts at the ready
- Presentation of Castell de Ferro Case Study or in person brief motivational presentation
- Presentation on ‘Viva la Vida hasta el fin’ Day
Acompalia Operations and the Role of Volunteers
In order for Acompalia to provide its services, it needs many engaged, motivated and inspirational people of all ages. It is currently entering a new phase in its development, and this is a great time for you to join us us and bring your knowledge and skills to bear.
There are so many ways you can help:
- If you are a business-oriented person who likes to work with people why don’t you consider being part of the team at our shop in Lanjaron? Or perhaps you could even open a shop in your own area?
- Our non-medical Helpline and Acompanion sevice for terminally ill patients and their relatives has been operating for four years, and during that time we have helped many people. Are you empathetic and a good listener? If so, why don’t you think about becoming a Helpline Operator?
- The more volunteers we have, the more ideas there will be on how to raise money for Acompalia, Let’s turn those ideas into action and motivate others to help in this fun environment. You can become a fundraising volunteer supporting Acompalia events – or you could create your own local group to organise events in your area.
All these activities and more will help turn our plans and vision into a reality. If you decide to become a volunteer you will receive training and advice from skilled people with real experience.
But even if none of the activities above appeal to you, you can still help us – simply by becoming a Member. The modest €15 annual membership fee goes to support our operations and to fund our plans to build first a Day Care Centre and then a Hospice.
Agnes Cook Bainbridge
Agnes died on the 25th May 2016 at the wonderful age of 97 and the open day will be held exactly one year later, 25th May 2017. Agnes brought fun, laughter and amazing spirit among our volunteers. Her legacy was simple “You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” Agnes had it all and never tired to share. She knew that:
“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”
When asked how she would like to collaborate for Acompalia Agnes said: “Use me in any way you think will be best for this wonderful charity” so Acompalia did! Agnes appeared at press conferences, she gave piano recitals, she starred in a promotional video on old age and she attended countless events always with her warm smile and kisses blown to the people round her. This is volunteering – giving of yourself for the good of others, enjoying the experience, living life to the full right up to the last day.
Lets meet our lovely Agnes in one of the significant videos Acompalia created. It was her 95 Birthday and we did an interview with her. Or you can read the whole article (click here).