19 May FOND FAREWELL TO DAVID ENGLISH ECCH PRESIDENT
FOND FAREWELL TO DAVID ENGLISH
Last Wednesday, 16 May I attended Marlene Brown’s charity event on behalf of ECCH and Stroke Support at El Paraiso Restaurant, Guardamar.
As always, it was a great evening, with a set menu provided by the new owners of the restaurant, entertainment from the talented Andy Max and funds raised for both charities on the night through a raffle and football card. Thank you to Marlene for all your hard work and welcome back after a well-earned break.
For ECCH members it was a bitter-sweet night as we took the opportunity to say farewell to our founder and President, Dave English, who after 15 years of charity work in Spain has decided to take a well-earned retirement.
To his surprise, we presented him with a book of honour, containing photos and messages from some of the many ECCH volunteers and supporters plus staff and children from the care home.
We also presented Dave and his wife Annette with a donation in sterling for them to spend on their visit to the Buckingham Palace garden party in June (following Annette receiving the British Empire Medal last year).
Annette had made sure that Dave had his best shirt on for the evening, but he couldn’t resist sneaking off and getting changed for the photo call as you can see in the photo below – still making us laugh! Pictured from left are myself, Marlene, Joan, Dave, Annette and ECCH Secretary Maggi.
Dave and Annette started the Elche Children’s Home charity themselves from humble beginnings, and through their sheer determination, hard work and love for the hundreds of children they have helped, have made it into the success that it is today.
I know I speak for all my fellow volunteers and supporters of the charity when I say that Dave has been our inspiration, quietly beavering away, collecting and delivering items for events, raffles, tombolas, or to be taken directly to the home as well as raising thousands of euros over the years to provide happiness and love for the children who have passed through the Elche Children’s Home, past and present. Always smiling, always laughing and spreading warmth and generosity wherever he goes. It has been a true privilege working alongside him.
We are very proud of the legacy Dave has left us and we, as volunteers, will do our utmost to carry on his good work and hopefully make him proud.
Thank you Dave for giving hope to so many young people and for setting such a wonderful example to the rest of us. It has been such a pleasure to get to know you and we are honoured to have you and Annette as our friends.
All at the ECCH wish you well in your retirement and look forward to seeing you at future events.
With all our love,
ASSOC. ELCHE CHILDREN’S CARE HOME