Auction to raise funds for Earthquake affected friends in Le Marche.

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Their home is now held together with bands.

The side wall of Sarah and Mark’s home.
Mark and Sarah’s kitchen.

This upcoming Auction is to raise enough money to pay for a temporary home for Mark and Sarah.

Save the Date!  Sunday 19th March at 9 am Italy time!  Running for one full week and ending on Sunday 26th March at 11.30 pm Italy time   

We have amazing donations for the auction… From original works of art to fantastic breaks in Italy and England!  There are tours, workshops, wine tastings, vintage items, designer goods, Umbrian wine and more, all ready for your bids! 

We hope to raise as much as possible for Mark and Sarah so they can purchase a mobile home or caravan.  (Local laws have not been relaxed and wooden chalets – their first choice for a temporary home – require planning permission.  At the time I am writing this it is impossible to get the planning permission in time. We are hoping for a relaxation in the rules to allow folk to help themselves and then apply for PP retrospectively.)  


For the wonderful folk who join in with this extraordinary event, Sarah and Mark are offering a chance to win a fantastic 7 day holiday at their gorgeous place, The Hideaway.  This is a very special Thank You from them.  Each winning bid will be assigned a number and all numbers will go into a hat for a random draw.  Your winning number means you get to stay at The Hideaway in Le Marche, Italy as special guests of Sarah and Mark (and Jessie, their beautiful dog!).  So the more you win, the more numbers go in the hat for you!

The Hideaway – Sarah and Mark’s gorgeous accommodation.

With the temporary accommodation in place, they will be able to be on-site for their holiday accommodation – a legal requirement to be able to run their business.  Once they have their temporary living space set up, they are both looking forward to being the perfect hosts for your memorable and fabulous Le Marche vacation!

Raising Funds To Feed The Displaced Pets Of The Italian Earthquake

With the new base, they will also find it much easier to continue their fantastic work helping to rescue, feed and care for the earthquake affected animals in the ‘Red Zone’ in central Italy.  They have been a driving force, raising funds and awareness, helping OIPA (Organizzazione Internazionale Protezione Animali) and delivering critical supplies.  They opened a fund for the animals the day after the earthquakes hit last August.  The work still continues and Mark and Sarah continue to work alongside the emergency services despite their own difficulties.  Find out more here:  Facebook page: Raising Funds To Feed The Displaced Pets Of The Italian Earthquake  You can donate directly via PayPal:

Sarah and Mark with some of the members of OIPA
The devastation in the Red Zone.

The Fabulous Auction!

We have an amazing 42 fabulous donations ready for your frantic bidding!  You need to register (just like you would on any online auction) before bidding, however, you are free to look at the items right now, before the auction opens.  

Check out and login to register.  You will also see a Donate Money button on the home page.  This is live and active RIGHT NOW and you can donate straight to Sarah and Mark through it.

There is also a direct PayPal donation account:

The date is set for the auction –  THIS Sunday, 19th March, bidding starts at 9am… It will finish at 11.30pm on Sunday 26th March.  

Some of the Auction Items up for bidding …

A full day Wine Tour with Gusto Wine Tours for two wine lovers.
Two night stay in the heart of Assisi – Rebecca Winke
Cooking Class for two at the stunning Alla Madonna del Piatto, Assisi – Letizia Mattiacci
A framed numbered print from famous graffiti artist ‘Blu’. John Charnock
Amazing luxury 4 night stay in Piedmont for TEN lucky people! Allegra Rangoni Machiavelli and Richard Noble

There are so many more fantastic items up for bidding – we really hope this will raise all the money necessary to buy the temporary accommodation and more!  Help spread the word!  Sign up to the auction!  #makeadifference  




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