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DELIVERY OF SCHOLARSHIPS OF THE BOSCH AYMERICH PRIVATE FOUNDATION AND THE “LA CAIXA” FOUNDATION through CaixaBank.

The 5th Edition of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation Scholarships was held on 20 February in collaboration with the “La Caixa” Foundation through CaixaBank, aimed at young students in the boroughs of Alp, Bagà, Das and Urús, the four municipalities through which the ski area of ​​the Masella ski resort stretches.

The aim of the grants is to contribute to the training of young people in these municipalities to guarantee a future of good qualified professionals in the companies of La Cerdanya and El Berguedà. The Foundation provides the scholarships in thanks to their inhabitants and also for their concern to give young residents of these boroughs access to higher education, given that good training is a guarantee for the future of this territory.

The handover ceremony, which was held on-line due to the pandemic, was led by the trustees of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation, directors of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation and CaixaBank, the mayors of these towns, directors of the Government of Catalonia headed by the Minister of Territory and Sustainability, the Hon. Damià Calvet, who invited young scholars to continue their training in order to bring future value to the La Cerdanya and Berguedà region and to consolidate their training to help achieve a more resilient country.

In this year's edition, a total of 49 applications were received (10 more than in the previous edition) with an average mark of 7.89 of the cases awarded (compared with 7.31 in the previous edition).

Twenty-five scholarships of €2,000 each were awarded in this 5th Edition, which were distributed as follows, according to the participating municipalities: Alp: 7 scholarship holders, Das: 5 scholarship holders, Urús: 5 scholarship holders, and Bagà: 8 scholarship holders.

The COVID-19 crisis has only exacerbated the deficits and shortcomings that emerged during 2019. Caritas has seen the need to triple the economic aid for food between April and December over the same period last year, allocating more than one million euros, and to double housing aid with an amount of 1.8 million euros.

During the pandemic, €2.8 million has been allocated to cover the most basic needs (food, housing, supplies, etc.), going from an average monthly expenditure of €200,000 to €500,000, which has burst the budget that Caritas had for 2020.

Caritas Diocesana has multiplied food aid by five: more than 166,775 kg of food have been distributed at 5 distribution points; 5,377 people have received support for food; aid for rent, re-rental and supplies has doubled, and 2,472 people have received support for housing expenses (including reception and telephone support and adaptation of workspaces to current regulations).

The contribution of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation has guaranteed the right to food for 635 people (431 adults and 204 children) living in 279 households. The food aid covered by the Bosch Aymerich Foundation has been aimed at individuals and families accompanied by Caritas Barcelona social workers. The aid was occasional and temporary and delivered within the framework of an individual/family work plan contemplating social and labour insertion.

This project was presented by the President of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation, Mr. Angel Sáez; the collaboration agreement with Cáritas Diocesana de Barcelona was signed on 20 December 2020 by Mr. Salvador Busquets, Director of Caritas Diocesana de Barcelona, ​​Ms. Elena Cabarrocas, trustee and Mr. Antonio Bosch, secretary and trustee of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation.

Final audit of the Càritas Diocesana de Barcelona final project: PKF Attest aid in the Covid’19 crisis

The Food Bank of the Counties of Gerona is a social and charitable, independent and apolitical Private Foundation whose purpose is to fight hunger and waste food surpluses by sending them to the neediest in our surroundings.

It is part of the “Spanish Federation of Food Banks” (FESBAL), as well as the corresponding European Federation (FEBA). It was founded on 16 December 1988 and was the second to be set up in Spain, after Barcelona.

The Food Banks never distribute food directly to families, but rather to charities duly registered with the Department of Social Welfare of the Government of Catalonia, which send them to needy families previously referred by the various Social Services. These include the Food Distribution Centres (10 around the province).

The Food Bank is a service that provides food, free and temporarily, to people and families in poverty or at risk of social exclusion. These people have to be assessed by the basic social services.

Since the arrival of Covid-19, this Food Bank has experienced an exponential increase in its users, given the health crisis together with all the associated crises of the time.

The region of La Cerdanya has 18,192 inhabitants and the vast majority of the population at risk and asking for help are in its capital Puigcerdà, where almost 10% of the population are being served. Puigcerdà has 9,258 inhabitants, with 6.3% of the population served in 2019, rising to 8.9% in 2020.

At the county level, 3.9% of the population were served in 2019, rising to 5.4% in 2020. The increases are considerable and assure us that the trend is increasing with no stabilisation or fall in demand for the service.

The collaboration of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation has served to alleviate the very serious situation faced by a large part of the population and has allowed the Cerdanya Food Bank to obtain more complete and varied baskets than they normally have, to complement certain deficiencies due to high demand such as milk for children.

This project was presented by Mr. Xavier Nolla, trustee of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation; the collaboration agreement with the Food Bank of the County Council of La Cerdanya was signed on 29 April 2020 by Ms. Roser Bombardó i Bagaria on behalf of the Cerdanya County Council, Ms. Elena Cabarrocas, trustee and Mr. Antonio Bosch, secretary and trustee of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation.

Final audit of the La Cerdanya County Council project: PKF Attest food bank aid in the Covid’19 crisis

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, different studies have shown that the disease affects paediatric and adult populations differently. The number of children affected appears to be much lower than that of adults, despite being a group at risk of serious respiratory infections, and when they are infected they often suffer from a milder form of the disease.


To give specific answers to the different questions posed and to study the behaviour of COVID-19 in the paediatric and pregnant population, more than 20 research projects have been and are being carried out: 16 paediatric population projects, 3 of which are based on on-line surveys; 3 studies in the population of pregnant women, one based on an on-line survey; and 2 studies (one paediatric and one gestational) in which we participate as a collaborating entity.


A new space has been created to expand the hospital’s biobank and to be able to manage the samples of these projects simultaneously. Equipment has also been purchased for the collection and storage of samples (refrigerators, freezers, centrifuges, etc.). A health data platform (HDM-KIDS-CORONA) has likewise been created where all the information and databases of the studies of the Kids Corona platform are indexed.

Since April, more than 100 people have been contracted to support the various projects.

A web platform has been created to inform society and researchers of the progress and results of the Kids Corona platform. Company URL: www.kidscorona.org leads to a page explaining the objectives and main results in language that is understandable to the general public.

This project was presented by the President of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation, Mr. Angel Sáez; the collaboration agreement with the Kids Corona ’19 project was signed on 28 April 2020 by Mr. Manuel del Castillo, Managing Director of the Hospital de Sant Joan de Déu, Ms. Elena Cabarrocas, trustee and Mr. Antonio Bosch, Secretary and trustee of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation.

Audit Sant Joan de Déu Hospital final project: Kids Corona- Platform for Covid-19 research in the mother-child population by PKF Attest

The Col·legi Major Monterols is a university residence that has provided accommodation and training for university students since 1949 and which develops a tireless social, cultural and sports activity in its own unique style, difficult to reproduce. Monterols is a male University College, attached to the University of Barcelona. It therefore has members of the university club and residents from all the universities in Barcelona and the surrounding area, as well as other parts of Spain and abroad.

The Bosch Aymerich Foundation collaborates with this institution as its founder was the Honorary Trustee of the School and helped maintain the work carried out by this High School. The Bosch Aymerich Foundation aims to continue the work of its founder and has agreed to collaborate on 4 scholarships for four students, to help cover the residential expenses they cannot afford.

These scholarships are awarded to those students who, though achieving good grades, cannot afford to pay for their residency. The scholarship award ceremony takes place every June, but could not be held this year due to the exceptional situation caused by Covid'19, which forced the suspension of academic events. However, the scholarship awardees were chosen and will receive these scholarships during the academic year.

The collaboration agreement was signed on 3 March in the presence of the Headmaster of Monterols High School, Mr. Fernando Villar, the Secretary of Monterols High School, Mr. Miquel Masó and Mr. Antoni Bosch, Secretary and trustee of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation.

The Col·legi Major Monterols is a university residence that has provided accommodation and training for university students since 1949 and which develops a tireless social, cultural and sports activity in its own unique style, difficult to reproduce. Monterols is a male University College, attached to the University of Barcelona. It therefore has members of the university club and residents from all the universities in Barcelona and the surrounding area, as well as other parts of Spain and abroad.

The Bosch Aymerich Foundation collaborates with this institution as its founder was the Honorary Trustee of the High School and helped maintain the work carried out by this High School. The Bosch Aymerich Foundation aims to continue the work of its founder and has agreed to collaborate in reforming part of its facilities so that the School might recover areas that were damaged and bring its facilities up to the standards of current legislation.

The refurbishment carried out improved access to the Col·legi Major with a car park in the central courtyard and the building of a ramp with direct access to the school.

The collaboration agreement was signed on 3 March in the presence of the Headmaster of Monterols High School, Mr. Fernando Villar , the Secretary of Monterols High School, Mr. Miquel Masó and Mr. Antoni Bosch, Secretary and trustee of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation.

PRESENTATION OF GRANTS OF THE FUNDACIÓ PRIVADA BOSCH AYMERICH I OBRA SOCIAL DE “LA CAIXA”.

The 4th edition of the Bosch Aymerich i Obra Social “La Caixa” Foundation Grants, aimed at young students in the municipalities of Alp, Bagà, Das and Urús, the four municipalities through which the Masella ski area extends, took place on 15 February.

The aim of the grants is to contribute to the training of young people in these municipalities to guarantee a future of good qualified professionals in the companies of La Cerdanya and El Berguedà.

In this year's edition, a total of 39 applications were received, to which a total of 25 grants were awarded (5 more than in previous editions), with an average case score of 7.31.

The award ceremony was attended by the patrons of the Bosch i Aymerich Private Foundation, the executives of Masella and Caixa Bank, the mayors of these towns, directors of the Government of Catalonia led by the Minister for Territory and Sustainability, the Rt. Hon. Mr. Damià Calvet, who gave the closing speech.

Among the speeches at the event, the President of the Foundation, Mr. Ángel Sáez, remembered the figure of Josep Ma. Bosch Aymerich, as this year marks the 5 years of his death, and sketched out the figure of this man, who preached with example in the culture of effort.  So, faithful to the principles of the promoter of the Foundation, in the speeches all the authorities stressed the importance of effort and tenacity.

The agreement was signed on 4 February 2020, with Messrs. Xavier Nolla (Vice-President and Director of Masella), Antoni Bosch (Secretary) and Mrs. Elena Cabarrocas (Observer and member of the Permanent Committee of the Foundation) attending for the La Caixa Banking Foundation and Messrs. Albert Requena (Director of the Berguedà-Pyrenees business area) and Gerard Xifré (Puigcerdà Office Manager).

The Via Assistencial, Grup Som Via Private Foundation is a non-profit organisation of social action, with a long history of caring for people in need of support and/or at risk of social exclusion.

The Bosch Aymerich Foundation is collaborating with this entity with the construction of a new residential centre, which will be the only centre in Barcelona that will offer care to people diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders).

The centre has a capacity for 48 people and will offer residential services with temporary or permanent accommodation, job placement programmes, occupational services, promotion of habits of autonomy, cognitive stimulation, psychological support and other services adapted to its residents’ needs.

The Viladrosa Residential Centre is a 2,500 m2 construction conceived as a functional, modern building with rigorous lines that blends into its surroundings, the parish building of Sant Sebastià designed by the architects Josep Ma. Martorell, Oriol Bohigas and David Mackay.

The signing of the collaboration agreement took place in February in the presence of the President of the Via Assistencial Foundation, Mr. Jaume Viaplana Miralles and Mr. Andrés Escarpenter Ferran, patron of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation.

Final Project Audit Viladrosa Residential Centre by PKF Attest

One of the aims of the Bosch Aymerich Private Foundation is to return part of the benefits obtained from the activity of these towns where it is present with its business activity, in the form of aid.

The study grants have been created to foster better training for the inhabitants of the La Cerdanya region as a means of enhancing its future development with a better prepared population.

In this first edition for the 2016-2017 academic year, a collaboration agreement was signed between the Fundació Bosch Aymerich and the Caixa d’Estalvis i Pensions de Barcelona, “la Caixa” Banking Foundation for study grants for medium and high degree studies for the inhabitants of the towns of Alp, Das and Urús, and the concession of a Doctorate/ Master’s Degree for the inhabitants of the whole of the La Cerdanya region.

This year, 18 grants were awarded, including a Doctorate/Master’s Degree of 5,000 euro, and seventeen Medium and University Degree grants of 2,000 euro each, adding up to a total of 39,000 euro in grants awarded. The award ceremony took place on 11 February 2017 with figures from the Government of Catalonia and the different town councils all present.