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Homeless people offered Spanish getaway

February 10 2012
New initiative for people recovering from serious illness offers a place to convalesce


A new charity plans to offer homeless people from the UK a chance to spend time in Spain - especially while recovering from illness.

Based on a farm in a national park, the Simon in Spain charity hopes to host its first guests this summer. The family-run charity has no connection with the UK Simon Community charity, but founder David French spent time working with that organisation before moving away to found his own.

Five volunteers have joined French and his son and daughter-in-law to help to prepare the land and the houses where guests will stay. The charity hopes to encourage donors to sponsor a particular guest’s stay, or to contribute a particular item or animal for the community’s use.

French said: “The main idea came from when I was having cancer treatment and when my treatment finished I took a convalescent holiday, but others on the same course [of treatment] who were on low income sadly couldn’t.”

“I strongly believe that those who are homeless and on low income who go through life threatening diseases should have the same access as everybody else to this type of respite.”

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