The British Benevolent Fund, one of the oldest and most established British charities in Spain celebrated its centenary last week at the official residence of the British Ambassador in Madrid.
The milestone event brought over 150 guests from all over Spain to mark 100 years of supporting the British community in Spain.
Hugh Elliott, who is also patron of the fund, is the 27th British ambassador to accept the position, spoke warmly of the contribution made by the BBF as the “charity of last resort” and help provided for the most vulnerable in the British community in Spain.
Olaf Clayton, the chair of the British Benevolent Fund said that the fund was at the “front line of support” highlighting that the “repatriation of the vulnerable, destitution, homelessness often brought about by illness both physical and mental – alcoholism – domestic abuse – physical violence are all part of the fund´s stock in trade.
The evening which was sponsored by Green Park Global and HM Hospitals which ensured that the event was delivered at zero cost to the BBF raised 6,000 Euros for the fund.