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Agents Do Charity - the bumper edition...

We’re always happy to publicise your agency’s efforts to help those who cannot help themselves, and we’re delighted that this week’s update is packed to the rafters.

If you want your team’s heroic efforts recognised, let us know on press@estateagenttoday.co.uk. In the meantime, respect to all of these...

Martlets Hospice: Darren Middleton, senior branch manger at Hamptons International’s Haywards Heath office, is taking on the 300-mile challenge of cycling from London to Paris starting on September 2. 


Darren has taken on this epic challenge to raise funds for the Martlets Hospice in Hove, a cause close to his heart as his father stayed there last year before sadly passing away.

The training is already well underway and Darren can be spotted on many of the roads in and around Sussex. Anyone wishing to sponsor him can do so via Darren’s Just Giving Page at www.justgiving.com/Darren-Middleton2 

“Having not really cycled very much since my Raleigh Grifter days as a 10 year old, this is really going to test me and your kind sponsorship will spur me on to the finishing line under the Eiffel Tower” he says.

Deposit Protection Service: The DPS has now donated more than £100,000 to charities following recent awards to organisations in Bristol, Colchester and Sheffield.

The UK’s largest provider of deposit protection established a fund last year to help charities and StopGap Sheffield, Cintre Community in Bristol and Colchester Emergency Night Shelter are the most recent recipients. 

StopGap Sheffield covers the costs of short-term accommodation for homeless people in Sheffield. It will use a £5,000 award to provide food and shelter as well as to help more people escape violence.

Cintre Community offers services to vulnerable people in residential and community settings. A £5,000 award from The DPS will provide funds for CINTRE Reachout in the South West – a service which helps people with a range of learning difficulties to live independently in their own homes.

Colchester Emergency Night Shelter (CENS) supports homeless adults in a range of ways, from CV writing to providing emergency accommodation. With a £10,000 award from The DPS, CENS will help people through their first year of a new tenancy by guaranteeing rent, providing a conciliation service and supporting the tenant to become an “active member of the community”.

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 September 30.

Matterhorn Challenge Update: This week, the conveyancing industry Matterhorn Challenge reached the £25,000 fundraising threshold, which is halfway to its target.

The threshold was reached as a result of search providers Search Acumen taking up a Gold Matterhorn Sponsorship Package.

“We are delighted to of achieved the halfway mark with The Matterhorn Challenge, raising over £25,000.00 for the Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice is a wonderful achievement.  The team at Search Acumen have always been great supporters of the Conveyancing Association and it is great to have their support once again in relation to this excellent initiative.”

To find out more about the Challenge or to make a donation please access the website at https://bit.do/conveyancing-fundraising.

Brooke’s Wish To Walk and George Woodward Fund: Lee Durrant and Jenna Bryenton, owners of Belvoir Ipswich, are the lucky winners of the firm’s charity auction for a personalised number plate. 

Lee and Jenna asked their staff to make suggestions for the donations and after a vote, it was decided to award £500 to two very special charities.

“We donated £500 to Brooke's Wish to Walk,” explained Jenna. “Brooke is a nine-year-old girl who has cerebral palsy and underwent life-changing surgery in America to help her walk, and her family raised thousands for in order to pay for this.

“We also donated £500 to the George Woodward Fund. George is a very special little boy who has been diagnosed with a serious spinal disorder and will need a lot of specialist equipment throughout his life. His mum was over the moon to receive this money from Belvoir and we couldn't be happier, as we know how much it means to the family.”

Agents’ Giving Summer Update: There seems to be no end to the imagination when it comes to fundraising within the property industry community, whether it is paddling the waterways of England, or throwing themselves down a hill in a home-made, gravity powered go cart.

Andy Trantum of Embrace Mortgages Services took on a personal challenge and paddled over 350 miles over 20 days averaging 17 miles a day.  Andy and outdoor pursuits expert, Danny Hodge were joined on various legs by Jon Cooke from Your Move, Rob Caldwell of Lenwell, Tracey Douglas-Jones of Davis Tate, and on the last day, which was also the hottest day of the year, they were joined by Jane Webber of Agents Giving and AG Patron, Phil Spencer.

The Soapbox Challenge, organised by Agency Express raising money for Agents Giving brought teams together in an event which challenged their engineering ability and their bottle! On a sunny June day in the beautiful grounds of Penn House in Buckinghamshire, the teams summoned their inner Formula 1 racing drivers to test their machines to the limit. Joining Agency Express on the start line were Expert Agent, Gilson Bailey, Marchand Petit, CB Slade and Rushbrook & Rathbone.

Agents Giving Day was a day for the industry to come together and “do something great for charity”.  Paramount in north London brought all the fun of the fair to the office and set up games and challenges for the team. The Property Software Group, including Vebra and Jupix focussed on fashion and added a twist to dress-down-Friday by all wearing purple clothes with spots and stripes.

The next big date in the diary for Agents Giving is the ball on September 25 at The Marriott in Grosvenor Square where they will be announcing their Fundraising Champions for 2015, which will be presented by Patron Phil Spencer. To enter and to book your tickets to the ball, go to https://agentsgiving.org/pt-event/agents-giving-ball-2015 

For more pictures from the Agency Express Soapbox Challenge: www.facebook.com/AgencyExpressHO 

Breast Cancer Care: Congratulations to Giles Atkinson, one of Atkinson McLeod’s directors, on completing the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100. The ride followed a 100-mile route through the capital and into Surrey, then finished in The Mall, London and over 25,000 cyclists took part. 

“It was a really exhilarating experience cycling at pace through the capital on closed roads. Views from the top of Box Hill were a great reward for the effort put into the climb. I was targeting six hours and completed the ride in 5 hours 51 minutes - fortunately my legs didn’t give up on me!” 

Giles is proud to have raised over £1,000 so far for Breast Cancer Care with donations still coming in (https://www.justgiving.com/Giles-Atkinson2/).  

Breast Cancer Care is the only UK-wide charity providing specialist support and expert information for anyone affected by breast cancer. 


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