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Agents do charity - overseas as well as at home...The days are getting shorter and the nights seem darker than ever, yet agents still find time to raise money for good causes.

We raise a special cheer to the Chas Everitt agency in South Africa which kindly got in touch with information set out below, pointing out that there are many Brits retired and settled in SA who may be interested. We're happy to oblige!

We're also very happy to publicise every agent's efforts and pay tribute to your fine work, especially in the build-up to Christmas. If you want to be mentioned, please let us know. Email press@estateagenttoday.co.uk.

In the meantime, here are this week's updates.

Sunnyside Lodge, Cape Town: Chas Everitt agents in Cape Town's Southern areas are arranging 625 hampers to benefit elderly residents in need living at the Sunnyside Lodge (Plumstead) and the Communicare Musgrave Park (Diep River) old age homes, together with some strategic partners.

These Pamper Hampers' will be delivered early in December in time for Christmas and will include gifts from local residents of the community. There's a campaign website to check out here: www.Neighbour2Neighbour.co.za.

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Retrak: Hatched is to sponsor Katherine Key who is travelling with 11 colleagues from the Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service to Ethiopia. The team will be heading to the country to work with Retrak, which offers support to vulnerable children. Hatched's sponsorship will go towards Katherine's efforts to raise £2,000 for Retrak. To sponsor Katherine or to nominate for next month's charity recipient from this agent, visit www.hatched.co.uk/about/the-blog.asp.

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MacMillan: The marketing team of Leaders is running 1,000 miles over six months to raise money for Macmillan. The challenge by the team of nine began on July 1 and ends on December 31 and by the end the team will have covered a distance equivalent of more than 38 marathons and will cover all 18 counties where Leaders has a branch. Marketing manager Alison Guyton says the team is hoping to raise £25,000.

She says: If anyone would like to sponsor our challenge we will be grateful for any amount, no matter how large or small. Please visit our fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/Marketing1000Miles

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Breast Cancer Campaign: Builders and site staff working for homebuilder David Wilson Homes Mercia are today wearing pink hi-visibility vests to help raise awareness of breast cancer. Last year, £2.1 million was raised by wear it pink supporters funding lifesaving research across the UK and Ireland, and this year campaigners hope to raise even more through businesses, schools and individuals by wearing it pink. For more information on getting involved in wear it pink please visit the website at http://www.wearitpink.org.

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The Cure Parkinson's Trust: The founder of Hatched online agency, Adam Day, is next month joining Ricky Rayment of The Only Way Is Essex on a charity skydive in support of this charity. The event takes place on November 16 and for more details see www.hatched.co.uk/about/the-blog.asp.

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