An hour with Mark Stacey on the Costa Blanca

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THE EURO WEEKLY NEWS caught up with antiques expert Mark Stacey between a radio broadcast and an evening reception as he rested his aching feet following a whistle-stop tour of Javea’s old town.
Mark is in town on a mission – to support an ambitious fundraising event organised by Raise a Smile.  It all happens in Javea on Sunday April 12, when half the town will turn out to cheer on participants in the Raise a Smile Charity Fun Run and Carnival, staged to raise a whopping €20,000 to help youngsters in the EMAUS children’s home in Relleu.
Permanent change
Organiser Sue Nutbrown said: “Well if we’re going to help these kids we should be doing it in a way that will change things permanently.  Putting a little cash into the coffers is very thoughtful and of course always welcome but it is really just plastering over the cracks.  Raise a Smile President Tony Grande had the brilliant idea of helping the home become self-sufficient – that costs a little more but in the end the kids will benefit enormously.  And celebrities like Mark can help with that.”
Mark will be taking part in a grand parade along Javea’s seafront, accompanied by Carnival Queen Lauren Denia.  He will also be judging the best-dressed team from the ‘whacky racers’ taking part in one of the town’s biggest and most colourful fund raising events so far.
Mark has had a fascination with all things ancient for most of his life, starting with his love of history as a child.  He became a care worker before moving into the antiques trade aged 20: “Yes I went from dealing with old people to dealing with old things,” he laughed, “but things really began to take off when I joined Sotheby’s.  Now 30 years on I am busy with all things connected with antiques, from valuations to road shows and so many linked events.”
And there are plans afoot to organise a ‘Spanish roadshow project’ sometime in the Autumn so watch this space!
Making a difference
The Euro Weekly News asked Mark how he felt about the EMAUS kids and the cause behind the fun: “To me, and to anyone who is lucky enough to have enjoyed a stable, happy childhood, what these children have had to go through is unimaginable.  I am delighted to do absolutely anything I can to help Tony, Sue and all the wonderful supporters who show up on the day to raise a truly useful, significant amount that will make a difference.”
Mark will be at the Parador on Sunday afternoon, judging, chatting and helping to Raise a Smile.
Jan Gamm

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