We are a charity organisation dedicated to raising money for local Madrid charities, if you want to make a difference and feel good about helping people, then this is the place to be. Apart from this, we have many social activities and outings as well as our monthly meetings where a good time is always had by all.
Before going further, we would like to point out that there are many photographs under the Events section of this webpage, where one can reminisce and remember old friends.
Our members are English speaking people of various nationalities, who meet once a month and organise various events. Our principal aim is to raise money for the charities we support. These are all Spanish charities based in Madrid. Our fund raising efforts are focused on our renowned Christmas bazaar and the very successful charity shop.
The Origin of the British Ladies’ Association
In 1940 the ambassador’s wife of the day, Lady Maude Hoare, got together a group of British ladies to “knit comforts for the troops”. After the war, they turned their attention first to helping refugee children, and then, in 1950 when the first bazaar was held, the proceeds were given to Spanish charities and the British Benevolent Fund. We adopted our present name in 1978, when we were officially registered as a Charitable and Cultural Association. Since then, we have gone from strength to strength, with the bazaar always at the forefront of our fund raising activities. Over recent years, we have donated over €60.000 a year to the Spanish charities that we support; this comes from the money made at the bazaar and the B.L.A. Charity Shop.
Throughout the year we place emphasis on preparing for the Christmas Bazaar. There are a wide variety of stalls: books, toys, nearly new clothes, white elephant, tombola, handicraft, homemade baked goods, bar, tea coffee and refreshments, etc. All of this takes months of careful preparation and coordination to collect donated items from local schools, churches, organisations and companies. We depend on many people to come along on the day to help set up the stalls and sell the items too. Obviously, this requires involvement from our members who work together to ensure that we are able to raise sufficient funds to make generous donations to our carefully selected charities who rely so much on our continuing support.
We hold meetings on the last Tuesday of each month from September to June in St. George’s Church Hall, Núñez de Balboa 43, at 10:30am. Please come along. New members are welcome!
Our monthly meetings provide a friendly atmosphere where members can have refreshments, chat to each other and listen to a talk given by invited speakers on a wide variety of interesting topics. Husbands, partners and friends are always welcome at both our monthly meetings and events.
We also organise visits and excursions to places of interest in and around Madrid as well as lunches and dinners for members and friends throughout the year.
All our members receive a newsletter, which goes out once a month and has information on important cultural events in Madrid, a diary of our own events and information on other clubs, associations and churches. Here is an example of the front page a previous Bulletin.
How You Can Help
We always need more help and new ideas to ensure the continuance of our main objective of fund raising for our charities. It is a satisfying experience pulling together to achieve this. Our charities desperately need our support, especially in these times of crisis, as we all know. as does the Charity Shop and the Bazaar. We appreciate help from those who can take an active part in the running of the Association, and members are always welcome to stand for election to the B.L.A. Committee.