Last night the British community turned out to help raise funds for the British Benevolent Fund at a charity reception held at the wonderful location the Finca Son Mir.

The British Ambassador Simon Manley and Lord Archer, who presided over a special charity auction, attended the reception at which guests enjoyed the Michelin Star catering of leading British chef Marc Fosh.

The British Benevolent Fund of Madrid (BBF) is one of the oldest English speaking charities in Spain with records dating back to at least 1933. It operates with the support of its Honorary President, HM Ambassador to Spain.

It is run by an independent chairman and committee all of whom know Spain and its people, and are very familiar with the issues British citizens face, be they tourists or long-term residents.

The BBF works in conjunction with the British Consulates and other charitable organisations to provide financial support and other assistance to British nationals who find themselves in financial distress in Spain.

The BBF became a registered charity in Spain in 2016, previously having been a fund under the auspices of the British Embassy.

Over the years the BBF has helped people suffering from Alzheimer’s, mental health problems, cancer, learning disabilities, stroke and heart attack victims to name but a few.

It has also helped many without any health issues who find themselves isolated and without support owing to circumstances beyond their control. Whilst the committee is based in Madrid, assistance is provided throughout Spain via partner organisations.

This Sunday, the Bulletin will be publishing a special souvenir edition of the event.