Bill Anderson EXPAT RADIO: With Jenny Kaka

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The British Benevolent Fund of Madrid (BBF) is one of the oldest English speaking charities in Spain with records dating back to at least 1919. Jenny Kaka, explains how she became involved with the Fund and also how she became the events and fundraising organiser for the BBF. The aim of the BBF is to grant timely financial assistance to British nationals and dependents facing extreme financial hardship in Spain.

We think of life in Spain as being all sun, sand and sangria, but for some people the dream can turn into a nightmare, leaving them with no resources to stay and without the wherewithal to return to the UK.

Covid presented many people with this challenge being unable to work and earn a living and having spent all their savings, without any option to return to the UK. Jenny also talks about how the British population in Spain is growing older with many who retired out here, now perhaps widowed, and their pensions now not meeting the cost either of funeral expenses or repatriation

Much of their work is done in conjunction with the British Consulates and the Embassy which is where many will present with their problems, but the Consular services have little or no means to help out financially. This is where the BBF steps in.

For others, homelessness, mental health problems, or simply having hit a “bump in the road” is where the BBF can sometimes assist. The voluntary Committee meets on a monthly basis to consider applications for help. None of the members of the committee receive remuneration for their work. For more information contact or check out their Facebook page. The full interview with Jenny can he heard on You Tube.

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Bill Anderson

Bill Anderson is a Councillor with the Grupo Populares de Mijas, radio host and columnist for the Euro Weekly News