Associations - CUDECA


The Costa del Sol Cancer Care association was founded in 1991 by it's late President, Joan Hunt (Liverpool 1929 - Benalmadena 2021), encouraged by bilingual Spanish Dr. Marisa Martin Rosello, who worked in the only palliative care unit at Malaga's Red Cross Hospital and who now heads the medical team. Since then CUDECA has grown into a fully-fledged association with a medical team of more than 50 administrative volunteers and professionals who are now is installed in its Centre in Arroyo de la Miel. Early in 1996 CUDECA was given the land by the Benalmadena council for the construction of a Hospice facility, the cost of building and equipping it is approximately 400 million pesetas. The final construction is almost complete on the 12 bed in patient wing. Whether patients are to be treated at home or in the hospice, their objective is always the same - "to provide the highest possible quality of life and a dignified death".

At the beginning of 2001 CUDECA was granted Foundation status ensuring greater security in financial matters and the appointment of a board of distinguished members of the medical legal and commercial professions to serve as trustees, ensuring the highest professional management of the Hospice

The CUDECA Medical team attends between 40 plus at any one time along the coast from Sotogrande to Nerja and inland, as well as supporting their families and carers. This service is entirely financed by the CUDECA Benefit shops along the coast from Estepona to Torre del Mar run exclusively by 300 plus volunteers.

Joan Hunt was awarded an OBE in 2002 which she received from Prince Charles. In 2013 Mrs. Joan Hunt OBE, was awarded with the Gold Medal of the Province of Malaga. In 2015 Joan Hunt OBE was awarded 'Premios del Día de Andalucía de la provincia de Málaga'. 

Malaga actor, Antonio Banderas support CUDECA through his foundation "Lagrimas y Favores", Antonio Banderas is an Honorary Trustee of CUDECA.

Read the interesting History of CUDECA

List with address and telephone of the 25 CUDECA Charity Shops on the Costa del Sol.


Fundación Cudeca
Centro de Cuidados Paliativos
Avda del Cosmos s/n
29631 Arroyo de la Miel
Benalmadena (Málaga)

Tel: 952 564 910