It’s Halloween weekend but the spirit that burns in many estate agents is a force for good not evil - as our weekly summary of agents’ charitable work shows.
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St Basils Charity: Here are the links for the Fine & Country Foundation in support of St Basil’s Charity event - a sleeping rough night in Coventry city centre. The cause helpsyoung homeless and vulnerable people in Coventry and across the UK.
Stockport and Reading housing charities: The Deposit Protection Service has made two new £10,000 donations to housing charities in Stockport and Reading.
Daren King, head of tenancy deposit protection at The DPS, says: “Launchpad Reading and H3 in Stockport are doing excellent work helping people in need find a roof over their head.”
Launchpad Reading helps vulnerable and disadvantaged people turn their lives around and fulfil their potential, while H3 - which stands for Helping the Homeless into Housing - works alongside formerly homeless people to provide support to others from their community without a home, and runs a project called ‘Homefinder’, which helps people find somewhere to live.
Charities focused on the housing sector can apply for funds via The DPS’ website at www.depositprotection.com/charity. Applications for the next round of awards must be submitted by December 31.
Magic Breakfast: Online estate agency Tem-po.co.uk is helping ITV’s Good Morning Britain fundraise with the Phones for Food campaign, asking people to donate their unwanted mobile phones which will be exchanged for nutritional breakfasts at school breakfast clubs across the UK through the charity Magic Breakfast.
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Matterhorn Challenge: It’s mission accomplished as Convey Law conveyancer Geraint Aubrey has climbed for mountains in the Swiss Alps, culminating in a 17 hour trek up Monte Rosa, with adverse weather conditions preventing reaching the Matterhorn summit.
The fundraising challenge reached £42,000 with an additional £1,000 being raised at the Conveyancing Data Services Annual Dinner in London which was attended by Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis, and key figures within the conveyancing industry.
Funds go to the Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice.
Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service: Romans’ New Homes department wanted to complete the Windsor Half Marathon to raise £2,500 for the charity - and exceeded the total, securing an excellent £2,650.
“It was certainly a tough challenge and I’m glad we were all able to complete the marathon after all our hard work training for it” comments Tim Foreman, Manager of Romans New Homes.
The money goes into Romans’ 2015 fundraising pot which is nearing its £30,000 target.
Life Saving Education: People in the Ashbourne area of Derbyshire will soon have access to life-saving information after the Nottingham Building Society and its estate agency arm Harrison Murray stepped in to provide sponsorship for an important publication.
The new 'Defibrillators – A guide to their locations around Ashbourne and how to use them' leaflet will be distributed to local homes over the coming weeks following an event at Ashbourne Ex-Servicemen's Club recently.
“We were approached about the possibility of sponsoring the defibrillator leaflet and didn't have to think twice. It is a fantastic thing for all households in the local area to keep to hand as it contains potentially vital, and life-saving, information. We are delighted to be involved with such an important project that means so much to the local community” says Ashbourne branch building society manager Sian Harris.