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Elle Draper

Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business - Gandy-Draper. Born a "Norverner", she then spent most of her life "Dann Saff" before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle's loves are Alan, the internet, their three bouncing dogs, good food, and dry white wine - although not necessarily in that order. More about Elle - HERE | Got a news story to share? Click HERE | Want to write for Spain Buddy? Click HERE | Interested in our low cost advertising? Click HERE


  1. Jennifer
    January 5, 2015 @ 5:36 pm

    You’re a good person. :)

  2. wandering educators
    January 5, 2015 @ 5:39 pm

    Beautiful – so glad you shared this! Thinking of Juan…

  3. Elle Draper Elle Draper
    January 5, 2015 @ 5:40 pm

    Not me… because I won’t be running ha ha! I don’t “do” running, it makes me spill my cocktails :D

  4. Elle Draper Elle Draper
    January 5, 2015 @ 5:50 pm

    Thanks! They should raise quite a bit of money on the day – it would be good if Juan can realise his dream. x

  5. noel
    January 5, 2015 @ 5:54 pm

    I shared this on my social media channels, I hope that they do get their target for this worthy cause

  6. Elle Draper Elle Draper
    January 5, 2015 @ 6:16 pm

    Thanks for popping by Noel. I really enjoyed your market article. Souvlaki anyone?
    E x

  7. Alf
    January 5, 2015 @ 10:05 pm

    Ooh get you with your cocktails, you’re such a snob. ;) I use the same excuse about beer! Seriously though, it’s heartwarming that complete strangers are willing to do stuff like this on behalf of complete strangers.
    I’ll have to use google translate ( my Spanish is still crap) to find out how to donate a few shekels or Euros.

    Alf xx

  8. JOSE
    January 6, 2015 @ 12:41 am

    I am the alma mater of the platform “A SMILE FOR JUAN”. Elle thank you very much for your article full of sensitivity and safeguarding the privacy of John.

  9. Elle Draper Elle Draper
    January 6, 2015 @ 8:26 pm

    It is our pleasure Jose!
    Elle x

  10. Elle Draper Elle Draper
    January 6, 2015 @ 8:29 pm

    Ha ha ha. A slice of lemon in my voddie and coke and I’d call it a cocktail ;) Proper Pompey Posh! :P
    I was just really touched by the story and when I discussed it with Alan, we wanted to help. I have also popped something in the local paper for them too. Oh and if all goes to plan… there will be more news to come. ‘Citing!
    I think the link is just to register for the race but I will see if I can find another way for people to donate direct if they would like to.
    E x

  11. JOSE
    January 7, 2015 @ 1:01 am

    The platform A SMILE FOR JUAN thanks you for your comments.
    If anyone wants to work for the cause and make a small donation, there is a FILA 0 where they can.
    The data are:

    Concept: A SMILE TO JUAN
    Account Number: 332724000396 3058-00-21

    Thank you very much for your help.

  12. Tawanna
    January 10, 2015 @ 3:10 am

    Shared this. I love it when Bloggers take a second from their regularly scheduled programs to help promote programs and organizations that help critically ill kids and those with special needs. But guess I’m biased since I’m a mom of both.

  13. Elle Draper Elle Draper
    January 10, 2015 @ 6:57 pm

    Hi Tawanna – thanks for popping by.
    As much as we (and by “we” I mean my husband) can be feisty online, we are big softies really. It takes us only an hour or so to do something like this… but because we have a good following, the benefits along the way are endless. We have more planned in the coming months to help Juan – so do pop in again.
    Love to you and yours x

  14. Mary @ Green Global Travel
    January 15, 2015 @ 10:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing Juan’s worthy cause!

  15. Elle Draper Elle Draper
    January 16, 2015 @ 12:38 am

    Such a brave lad – he deserves all the support we can give him.

    Thanks for popping by, Mary.

    E x

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