With half-term around the corner, and spring not far behind, agents are now getting in to their stride with fund-raising effors for good causes.
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Magic Moments: This is the official charity of Spicerhaart. Russell Jervis, its director of estate agency, is planning to repeat his success of last year, taking part in the London to Brighton cycle ride in May. Last year's sponsorship totalled £33,000 for this event alone and Russell is hoping to raise even more in 2015. Spicerhaart branches contribute further to the cause by raising money through cake sales, charity balls, golf days and much more.
The Magic Moments website will be revamped this month with the hope of attracting even more donations to the cause. The charity aims to take another 200 to Disneyland this year and will also donate money to children's hospices across the UK so they can buy essential equipment that benefits the children when they visit.
Agents' Giving: The industry's charity arm is announcing its events for 2015 including a golf day, a gala ball, a soapbox challenge' and a dedicated Agents Giving Day on which agents will be encouraged to down tools and spend up to 24 hours on concentrated fundraising.
The first major event lined up is the annual Golf Day taking place on May 14 at De Vere Wychwood Park in Weston near Crewe. As well as 18 holes of golf, the day will involve a three course dinner and charity auction. There will also be competitions such as longest drive', best dressed' and beat the pro' for which prizes will be awarded. September's Golf Day raised £4,500 for good causes and the charity is hoping to raise even more this time around.
Another innovative event which is now within sight is the Great British Property Paddle in June. This was the brain child of Andrew Trantum who will be covering over 326 miles in 25 days by kayak and is calling on other agents to join him for a leg of the journey. The idea is everyone should aim to raise as much money in sponsorship as possible for causes supported by Agents Giving.
For agents who prefer land to water, the Great British Property Cycle is coming up in August and is set to be bigger and better than ever before. The plan is for a team, led by Agents Giving chairman Peter Knight, to cycle between 100 hospices over 14 days with the hospices nominated by those agents who commit to leading the fundraising effort.
One of the most prominent events in the calendar is the Agents Giving Ball taking place in September to celebrate the great fundraising efforts of agents and the property industry across the UK throughout the year. Last year's first ever industry ball was a great success, raising the impressive sum of £20,000. Once again the event will take place at The Marriott Grosvenor Square in London and will include a sumptuous three course dinner.
For more information on upcoming events and to sign up, visit: www.agentsgiving.org