Jalon Valley Help’s annual ‘Carols in the Square’ took place in Jalon on the evening of Friday, 13th December, led – on this occasion – by the U3A Casual Choir and Valley Voices. They were joined by over two hundred local residents who enjoyed mince pies, stollen and wine provided courtesy of the Charity and the local Bodega Xalo. Elaine Horton, President, took the opportunity of thanking all those present for their continued support for the work of Jalon Valley Help, and said she was pleased to inform them that, despite the current very difficult economic climate, more money than ever had been raised during 2013 allowing the charity to provide more assistance to the needy and the opportunity to provide even greater financial assistance than in previous years to specialist charitable organisations working locally.
Also present were representatives of the nine Spanish schools in the Jalon Valley – Alcalali, Benigembla, Benissa, Castell de Castells, Jalon, Lliber, Murla, Parcent and Senija – from which teachers and children came to the Square to receive cheques totalling approximately 14,000€. The money has been used to enable them to carry out projects of their choice, ranging from the purchase of essential computer equipment to musical instruments. Some of the children had brought some toys to be passed on to the Preventorio in Gandia, and some of the others said that they wanted to do the same or similar over the coming week.
The President also took the opportunity to thank Joan Miguel Garces Font, Alcalde of Jalon, for his unflagging support and co-operation before expressing her gratitude to the Charity’s hard-working volunteers, without whom none of this would have been possible. In conclusion she wished everyone present a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year .