WHEN Paul Hickling decided to shut down one of the Costa del Sol’s most iconic restaurants after 36 years, little did he know what hard work his retirement was going to be.
The 74-year-old was looking forward to putting his feet up after closing the Roman Oasis – until his wife got involved.
He said: “My wife said let’s do a couple of charity nights. Little did I know this would mean three months of hard work. I might as well have opened for the summer!”
But all the hard work has been worthwhile. At the first of the events last Friday– which was for the benefit of the Cudeca hospice – a total of €4,620 was raised.
Paul said: “It was a fantastic evening – a real blast. To raise that amount of money in one evening at one restaurant is quite something.”
There is still a chance to book for the second charity night, which is being held on Monday (September 9) from 8pm. This event is in aid of AGDM, which helps to look after the street cats of Manilva and the money raised will help feed and care for them.
Tickets cost €50 per person and will include drinks, dinner and live music. The Roman Oasis restaurant is on the, Camino Sabinillas a Casares, 29692 Manilva. For tickets email Paul at email@example.com