Smalltalk Miguel’s March for Men raises thousands Nerja’s intrepid restaurant owner Miguel has succeeded in raising thousands for research into prostate cancer by walking a marathon. Last month on June 5, he joined a group in the UK to walk the 26 miles between the their day and their services to the project, and to all who attended and made such generous donations. The total raised by these spa days in the last few years is now over €4,300. If you would On the road, with Jeff Stelling leading the way experience prompted him to do something to raise funds to help eradicate the disease. Miguel (extreme left) with Jeff Stelling (centre in shorts) with the rest of the walkers at the finish outside Shrewsbury Town Football Club. He described Jeff Stelling as “an absolute gent” with whom he had a long chat along the way. But while Miguel walked just one marathon, Jeff tackled 15 of them in 15 days, an outstanding effort which began Exeter City’s ground on June 2 and ended at Newcastle United on June 16. grounds of Kidderminster Harriers and Shrewsbury Town in an event organised by Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling. So far, Miguel has raised over €5,300. “Thank you very much to all my family, friends and customers for their generous donations,” he said with a reminder that, “there is still time to donate if anyone else would like to do so.” “It was a wonderful day,” said Miguel, “although the weather was the worst it has been in the UK for ages with strong winds and lashing rain!” It was a tough challenge, he admitted, but added that, “the support team and other participants To help Miguel raise money for more research into prostate cancer, go to www.justgiving.com and type “Jesus Miguel Hidalgo” in the search box. Alternatively, call in at JJ’s Café del Mar and donate in person. Funds raised for hungry & homeless Twice a year, local therapists and beauticians give their expertise at a charity spa day to help raise money for Los Angeles de la Noche food kitchen in Málaga. This spring was a record event, with €800 raised. It was held on Saturday May 13 at las Orquideas hotel in Los Romanes. Some of the therapists are based at Tracey Webb’s new alternative & holistic health centre where she practices reconnective healing. The Centro Dharma in El Trapiche is now open for bookings. Miguel, left, with Sky Sports’ Jeff Stelling were amazing by helping each other during the day.” Miguel, who with wife Janet runs JJ’s Café del Mar on Nerja’s playa Burriana, went through surgery for an enlarged prostate three years ago. Thankfully, it turned out to be benign but the Other independent therapists were Sue Stevens (acupuncture), Amanda Payne (Bodyworks sports massage), Gaby Englberger (massage), Linda Williamson (Indian head massage), Ruth Ela Duende (ayurvedic reflexology), Linda Bogaert (energy lines massage), Howard Slade (Swedish massage), Trinity Buckley (reflexology) Eileen Feerick (reiki) and Scarlett Bernal for (aromatherapy facial). Thanks to Monica at Las Orquideas, and to all therapists who generously gave 23 like to know more about the homeless charity, their website is: http://www.angelesdelanoche.org/en/ For more information about the complementary therapy centre, their websit e is: http://centro-dharma.com/ Coming of age The Coach and Horses bar restaurant in Calle Almirante Ferrandiz (Post Office street) Nerja is 21 years of age this month. Cath, the owner, bought the business on July 4, 1996. Cath says that the restaurant is now the oldest established single ownership British business in Nerja. The business continues to go from strength to strength and is now open seven days a week with new menus created along with the more traditional favourites. Try the Steak Pie! Congratulations to Cath and her staff from all of us at Soltalk. For more details please see their advert on page 19. Skandia have moved We were delighted to be invited to a moving party last month for Skandia Maklarna - Swedish estate agents in Nerja. They moved from the office in calle El Barrio to the bottom of Avda Castilla Pérez, and many people came to help them celebrate their lovely new offices. Why not drop in and say hello?