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Agents Do Charity - the women, the kids, the awards...

Another week, another set of heroes. We love honouring the agents who work for good causes, and if you do the same - and you’re fund-raising this summer - please let us know at press@estateagenttoday.co.uk

You could feature in a roll-call of honour, just like this week’s agents...

Housing For Women: London-wide estate agent Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward has raised £25,000 in aid of the Housing for Women charity. A team of more than 70 KFH runners took part in the London Estate Agents 10k run organised by the charity on Sunday June 7, running a route of 10 kilometres around Regent’s Park in London.

Housing for Women is a charity and housing association that has been providing homes for London’s most vulnerable women for over 80 years. They offer support by providing secure, affordable housing and related services to a wide range of women and children across the Capital.

Leading the charge at the 10k run for KFH was Leigh Munday, sales manager at its Clapham Common branch, who finished in a time of 50:52. He competed alongside his fellow colleagues, as well as runners from other London estate agencies and employees at Housing for Women. 

Lee Watts, managing director at Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, comments: “Many of our staff members got behind the cause, with more than 70 opting to run, and the rest helping to raise funds for their colleagues, as well as through a number of other initiatives, including a cake sale and dress-down Friday at head office. The outcome has been phenomenal, with our staff helping to raise over £12,000, which the company then matched, helping to raise a grand total of £25,000 for Housing for Women.

“Feedback from our team of runners was once again highly positive – they had a great time, and really enjoyed doing their bit for those less fortunate.”

Jakki Moxham, Chief Executive at Housing for Women, said: “This was a fantastic effort and we really appreciate the support from all the KFH runners, their sponsors and from the company who generously matched the funds raised. £25,000 will enable us to make a big difference to the lives of vulnerable woman and their children in London. We really value our relationship with KFH and are extremely grateful for their ongoing support of our work.”

Since KFH started fundraising for Housing for Women, it has raised nearly £40,000.

Kids Co: Senior real estate executives are going “back to the floor” as part of an innovative new charity partnership from London agency Chestertons that has seen almost £10,000 raised in just three weeks for Kids Company,  the organisation set up by Camila Batmanghelidjh to support vulnerable inner-city children, young people and their families.

Chestertons Charity Champions is a new company-wide scheme to promote fundraising and volunteering in the aid of nominated charities. Chestertons will match-fund individual and branch fundraising efforts, as well as offering a paid day off for all employees to get involved directly with a charitable cause of their choice by volunteering their time and professional expertise.

The first big company-wide initiative sees Robert Bartlett, Group CEO, Allan Collins, Chief Financial Officer, and Richard Davies, Head of Residential at Chestertons, heading “back to the floor” for a day. Branch and office teams went head-to-head to raise the most money and ultimately get to choose where the trio must ply their trade for a day, and what roles and duties they'll undertake.

The battle for the top spot was hard fought between Property Management and Covent Garden, but in the end Property Management prevailed – impressively breaking the £1,000 barrier with a range of activities including a dress-up day. Chestertons Covent Garden, hosted a pub quiz evening, which garnered £900 to claim second place, while Chestertons Fulham, approached friends, contacts and local businesses to secure some brilliant prizes and auctioned them off to raise £669 and claim third place.

Closely following in fourth place was Battersea Park, who raised £550 by doing a sponsored run up a nearby 20-storey residential tower block, and special mentions also went to all the other offices and departments that got involved, including Kensington (£230), Mayfair (£220), Property Services (£200), Battersea Rise (£210), Marketing (£195), Knightsbridge (£145), and Farleys of Chelsea (£140), while one team member in Westminster turned Char Lady and single-handedly raised £40. Elsewhere there were cake sales and a Great British Bake-off-style afternoon tea.

Robert Bartlett, Group CEO at Chestertons, says: “Congratulations to all those who got stuck in to the Back to the Floor Challenge.  Everyone put in so much hard work to help and hopefully had fun in the process, and I am also very pleased to announce that Chestertons will match all funds raised, thus doubling the final total to a fantastic £9,132. It's been a great initiative and done much to pull everyone together.”


JustGiving Award: Adam Hesse of Aston Mead agency in Surrey and Berkshire has been nominated for a JustGiving fundraising award.

In September last year, Adam and his wife Elisa raised £5,339.96 by running the Bristol Half Marathon together in two hours, 58 minutes, 30 seconds. They were fundraising for Ronald McDonald House - an independent charity which provides home-from-home accommodation, free of charge, to families of critically ill children.

Adam has been nominated by Lynsey Sizer, whose six-month old son Riley spent nearly three months in the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after being struck down with a brain infection whilst battling a serious dose of swine flu.

Lynsey explained: “When the infection struck we were airlifted from our local hospital to the John Radcliffe in Oxford about 40 miles from our home, and immediately given accommodation in Ronald McDonald House while Riley fought for his life. We had our other twin and our older daughter to think about, so having a base near our poorly son made an incredible difference to keeping our family together. We had a bedroom there with a cot, as well as use of the kitchen and lounge, allowing us to give our hearts and minds moments of respite away from his bedside.

“Adam has such a busy life, juggling his family, work, and commuting. It’s awe- inspiring that he took time out to make all of this happen and raise so much money for something that makes a stay in hospital so much more bearable. Adam, you rock!”

The JustGiving shortlisted finalists will be announced on July 14 with the winners decided by public vote and revealed at a ceremony in London on September 23.


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