Centro de Acogida, San. Francisco de Asis
Pla. De Vernisa s/n
Tel. 96 280 8923 (Spanish only spoken)
(C.I.F. G – 96811971)

The Franciscan Hospice at Palma de Gandia provides a home and nursing care for over 60 homeless men, many of whom suffer from mental and/or physical illness, some are terminally ill. These men would otherwise be on the streets and unlikely to survive without this special care. Admission is solely on the basis of need. The hospice is funded entirely by charitable donations, they do not receive state aid or official grants.  Three Franciscan Brothers Guillermo, Pepe and Martin, together with two Nuns are assisted by local volunteers, they care for the residents around the clock.

All nationalities and creeds are accepted. This wonderful place is a refuge of love and charity. When there’s so much bad news in the world, a visit here restores your faith in human nature. It is unique.

Although it’s called a Hospice, it’s a hospice in the Mediterranean sense. Not all the residents are terminally ill, although some are. It’s a cross between a UK hospice, a nursing home and a refuge for the homeless.

The original accommodation and facilities were extremely basic and fell well short of modern standards. For the last 14 years The Original Charity Shop and Library have been working on an ambitious fund raising project to help the brothers complete a new nursing facility and home next to their existing buildings. Plus fundraising to supply the electrical sub-station needed to allow the new home to be put into use. What has been achieved from nothing is truly miraculous.  This now allows the brothers to give even more men a home and nursing care.

The Franciscans need money on a regular basis to continue their work in the existing home. The refuge needs are quite specific:

Clothing (all sizes – new or secondhand): Track suits, particularly bottoms (preferably non-iron), T-shirts, underwear, soft pajamas and socks (not white). Underwear means pants and vests.

Bedding for 90cm beds: Plastic mattress protectors (incontinence). Flat sheets and fitted under sheets with (preferably) matching pillowcases (flannel or brushed cotton), blankets (warm and washable).

Toiletries Opened and part used are accepted: Disposable razors, shaving foam, shampoo, shower gel and skin creams (many patients

Household: Bath towels (not white), bleach, toilet paper, washing-up liquid, large bin-bags.

The hospice can always use long life milk, pasta and a lot of cheese and olive oil. These should be unopened and in-date.

Donations of unused medicines are also accepted at the shop. 

If you would like further information about the work of the Franciscan Hospice please contact Stephen Carden on 96 280 7483 or 647285485 or e-mail or

Ed or Georgina Harvey on 96 280 7610 or e-mail or

call the Brothers direct on 96 280 8923 (Spanish only spoken). They will answer the phone by saying paz y bien (peace and goodwill) which is the Franciscan motto.

Also, a group of people in the Costa Blanca have set up a facebook group to arrange and organise help for the refuge -
Members of Deportiva Lodge 83 visited the refuge on 30th April 2016 to deliver much needed goods.


Franciscan Refuge Transformer Appeal

On behalf of the Brothers and Residents of the Franciscan Refuge, we thank the friends and families of the following deceased, who kindly donated to Refuge in lieu of flowers for their loved ones' funerals.

Rutter Thomas Clark 350 euro

Grace Sprooles 391 euro

Trevor Palethorpe 432 euro

Cris Ingham 300 euro

Margaret Hale 463 euro

Jacqui Jagger 235 euro

Members of staff visiting the Refuge, April 2011, handing over a cheque for 5000 euros for the Transformer Appeal


Staff of the Original Charity Shop and Library visiting the Refuge on 22nd March 2010 to hand over a cheque for 10,000 euros towards the Transformer Appeal.