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The Costa del Sol Cancer Care association was founded in 1991 by it's President, Joan Hunt, 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.



Arroyo de la Miel, Avenida de la Estacion, Edif Diorama D., Local 7 (in front of the Railway station). Open Monday to Friday between 10.am and 13.30 and Saturday mornings from 10 to 12.30.


Arts and Crafts shop in Arroyo de la Miel in calle Salvador Cicente 3, Ediif. Los Carmenes (In front of the BRC Supermarket) Open Monday to Friday between 10am and 13.30 and 17.00 and 20.00.

Alhaurin El Grande, Calle Fuengirola 1, (opposite Colegio Emilia Olivaras). Open Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 14.00.

Coin, Calle Urbano Pineda 13 (in front of the Market) Open Monday to Saturday between 10 and 14.00.

Coin. Cudeca at Leslie's (Video and Book Library), Km.9. Ctra de Cartama. Mobile 617 596 789

Estepona, Calle San Roque, Edif. Mediterraneo Bl.3, Local 2 (behind the bus terminal) Open every morning between 10.00 and 13.30.

Fuengirola, Avenida Jesus Santos Rein (near Merca Centro) Open Monday to Saturday between 10 and 13 30 except Tuesday when they are open until 14.00.

Marbella, Avenida del Mar, behind the Parque de la Alameda. Open Monday to Saturday from 10.30 to 13.30. This, the 11th Cudeca Charity Shop was inaugurated on 19th January 2006. More information is available on 952 823 342

Nerja, Pasaje Canarero, Local l, Bloque 4, (opposite the bus station and close to the Orange Garden. Open Monday to Saturday between 10.30 and 13.30.

Torre del Mar, Calle Infante no. 21 Edificio Jamaica Bajo (next to Rancho del Artes) Open Monday to Saturday between 10.30 and 13.30.

Torremolinos, Plaza Andalucia (behind Mac Donalds) Open Monday to Saturday between 10 and 13.30.

Fuengirola, CUDECA Centre in Edificio Gavilan, Puebla Lucia, 29640, Fuengirola Tel. 952 46 61 37 fax 952 46 62 39

For more information contact:
Avd. del Cosmos, s/n 29631
Arroyo de la Miel,
952 564 910 Fax: 952 564 922
e-mail [email protected]