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Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:20pm
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Alex

Alex

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We are sorry to say that Jan, my mother and founder of this website, recently passed away after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jan enjoyed working on this website and helping others, and you may be interested to know the following background about her and our website:

In 2004 Jan started a web-based group for expats in the Cuidad Quesada area in Spain for a small group of friends and residents, where they could discuss living in the new development within the area and share ideas. At the time, there was limited information and help online for people in their position, and excited by the thought of reaching more people in similar situations, Jan started the www.talkquesada.com website in 2011 with the aim of creating a friendly and informative place for people to visit for everything to do with Quesada. This friendly online community has since grown considerably, as today it stands at nearly 12,000 members.

Based on the success of Jan’s Quesada website, she then started more websites covering other areas in Spain, as well as a website for the UK. After all of Jan’s hard work, she has gained nearly 100,000 members in total across all the websites.

Jan loved nothing more than helping people find useful information that she wished she could have found herself when she first thought about living in Spain and buying a property there.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and thanks to Jan for any help she may have given you over the years, either personally or through the help her websites have provided. Or if you’re new to the site hopefully you will find Jan’s experience and legacy helpful to you.  We will continue Jan’s work keeping the website up to date, encouraging discussions and exchanging useful information. 

We have also set up a Just Giving page in memory of Jan, to help raise money for the Princess Alice Hospice, in the UK, which cared for her so kindly during her final days. Princess Alice Hospice rely on donations and fundraising to keep going, and provide a wonderful service for those who need it. Here is the link if you wish to kindly donate:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jan-forums

I will be carrying on Jan's websites in her memory as this is what she would have wanted. For the moment please bear with me while we get up to speed on everything.

Thank you,

Alex

Poppy1

Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:44pm

Posts: 14

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Location: Camposol

Joined: 18 Apr 2018

Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:44pm

Condolences to you and your family at this sad time. We are, however, so grateful to your mam for setting this site up, the help she has given to so many and, the legacy she has left. A lovely lady and a sad loss to many.

Pebbles

Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:51pm

Posts: 55

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Location: Fuente Álamo

Joined: 25 Jan 2018

Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:51pm

I have donated to Jans legacy on the just giving page Alex has set up, if every person on this forum donated to thank Jan for her great work the Alice hospice with benefit hugely. Sorry for your loss Alex I hope you continue your mums legacy.

Kind regards
Sandie 

LV

Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:14am

LV

Posts: 25

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Location: Mazarron

Joined: 20 Jun 2019

Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:14am

I am so shocked & sorry to hear about your loss. I never met Jan however, I have always thought of her as a friend. I cannot express how useful her website has been for my hubby & I. I found it by chance & the information that it has given us has been fab. I am so pleased that you are continuing the website as it is a source of so many things. It also brings people together.

Harkie62

Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:10am

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Location: Ricote

Joined: 30 Mar 2018

Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:10am

Such a sad loss and my deepest condolences.

Jan made me feel welcomed with open arms into this forum as with the many others on here. Her website has been a god send in the past and hopefully will continue to be in the future, not just for myself but for a whole bunch of people looking for answers and friendships.

Keep up the legacy and make her proud.



Sherry990

Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:55am

Posts: 35

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Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:55am

Our deepest sympathy to you Alex and your family. 

Reading your announcement this morning shocked us, we found the website very useful and informative we felt part of some “family” where we all shared thoughts and information.

We are pleased to hear you will continue with the site, we will continue to support it. Thank you for sharing your sad news with us today, it must have been very hard to do, we know we have been there....all the best.

Cougarik

Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:34am

Posts: 45

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Location: Calasparra

Joined: 25 Aug 2019

Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:34am

So sorry to read that, over recent months this Website, I am sure, has helped numerous people make the transition from UK to Calasparra, Spain  with comments and advice from others living the life here.

Jan did a great job in setting up this and other website for the benefit of others and with this must congratulate her efforts even tho' it must have been a struggle.  

Well done to all the family & friends who are continuing this Forum, I am sure it will be a lasting legacy to a wonderful person.

Rick

Micaela

Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:34am

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Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:34am

My sincere condolences to the entire family and friends. I still love reading the forum to see if I can help others in any way as I was helped. Looking at Jan's profile picture she appeared to be a very friendly person and I felt like I've known her personally. Truly sad news. May she rest in peace. 

Micaela 

Michael53

Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:35pm

Posts: 9

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Location: Lo Pagan

Joined: 8 Aug 2017

Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:35pm

My  deepest condolences Alex to you and your family.

Your mother's web site was great help  for me.

I found a great local worker  to sort out my property.

I have also posted on it with information,etc

Never knowing how it all started thank goodness  she was there for us 

I'm sure I can say this for everyone on any  of the forums  that it  is a great help and glad you are keeping it going.

I am just going to donate now.

Michael

Milloy007

Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 2:10pm

Posts: 69

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Location: Camposol

Joined: 18 Mar 2018

Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 2:10pm

So sorry to hear this. Condolences to you and your family. Your mother provided a great service via this website. It has been invaluable to me during my move to Spain. I really appreciate all her hard work creating this site. You should be so proud of her. Take care. 💕

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