DIARY: A new departure from the Orient-Express

Chatting with Nadia Stancioff, Orient-Express Hotels PR vice-president, always makes one’s own life seem somewhat dreary.

Chatting with Nadia Stancioff, Orient-Express Hotels PR

vice-president, always makes one’s own life seem somewhat dreary.



In her marvellous career, Stancioff has been - among other things - an

actress, Henry Moore’s PA, the Aga Khan’s PR director and best selling

biographer of (her friend) Maria Callas.



Now Stancioff has another project on the go. She and brother Ivan -

that’s the Ivan Stancioff who was once Bulgarian ambassador to the UK -

have set up a children’s charity in their family’s old Black Sea

home.



This huge house was recently returned to the family after being seized

decades earlier by the communist government. The Stancioffs thus opted

to turn it into a therapy centre for children with special needs - a

group often neglected under the old regime.



Between returning from her Umbrian holiday home and jetting off to New

York, Nadia tells me that, in encouraging Western medical and lay staff

to turn a hand at the centre, brother Ivan is far from devoid of PR

nous.



’My brother is such a charmer. He manages to get all these ladies to go

and help by telling them how much they would love it by the Black

Sea.



Then they go and he works them to the bone.’



- Cheque donations to the centre, which is a registered UK charity,

should be made payable to Friends of Bulgaria/Karin Dom, c/o Ivan

Stancioff, 28 Cresswell Place, London SW10 9RB.



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