There’s plenty to occupy our thoughts these days, including the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th US President - yet our industry always finds time to do good work for those most in need.
This section of Estate Agent Today always honours those agents and others who give time to charity - please let us know what your branch or firm is doing, by emailing email@example.com.
Now, on with the cavalcade...
The Willow Foundation: Once again this year Wrights estate agency is sponsoring the bike ride held annually to raise money for The Willow Foundation for seriously ill young adults, Wrights’ adopted charity.
This year we are looking to have riding jerseys made up and offering people the chance to advertise their company on it, we are also looking for riders to join our existing riding group for the day, made up of staff from our three branches.
There are more details here.
Link: Solicitor-estate agency, Coulters has announced a new charity partnership with Link Community Development International, an Edinburgh based organisation working to improve education in sub-Saharan Africa.
Coulters, which is also based in the Scottish capital, will work with the charity for the next two years, with staff already committed to carrying out several fundraising initiatives, including completing the West Highland Way walk and the Total Warrior obstacle course.
Established in 1989, Link works in rural areas of Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda and Ghana, aiding some of the poorest and most vulnerable children in the world to access quality education.
To date, it has raised standards and improved education for around two-million pupils in 3,000 schools.
Mark Coulter, Chief Executive at Coulters said: “We are passionate about supporting children’s charities and were really impressed with Link and what it has achieved to date.
Many of the young people the charity works with live in desperate poverty, but thanks to Link’s projects, they are being offered the chance of a brighter future.”
You can find out more about Link here.
Belvoir Fund-Raising: Belvoir offices from around the network recently completed a series of fundraising events to support local and national charities.
This included a team from Belvoir's central office participating in a sponsored Tour de Belvoir, covering a fantastic 1,107 miles on bikes, treadmills and rowing machines.
“This truly was an amazing effort by so many people in the network. I am incredibly proud of everyone who took part and delighted that so many clients, contractors and supporters donated their time and money so generously,” says Dorian Gonsalves, Belvoir's chief operating officer.
“The Tour de Belvoir was a great feat, as the team aimed to complete 795 miles, representing the distance between Belvoir's most southerly office in Plymouth, to our most northerly office in Orkney. However, the team completely smashed their target by completing 1,107 miles and raising over £1500 for Alzheimer's Research UK” says Dorian.
“Our Belvoir Telford office also participated in a one thousand mile challenge, raising over £2000 for Guide Dogs for the Blind. The team at Belvoir Haywards Heath did a fire walk raising over £1000 for their local hospice and Belvoir Lichfield completed a 6k Rudolph Run in festive fancy dress, raising £850 for the St. Giles Hospice, Whittington.
“Gary Pemberton of Belvoir Warrington participated in the gruelling London to Paris bike ride, whilst his wife Amanda completed the London Marathon, raising over £3000 in the process. Belvoir Northwich and Congleton raised £3387 for Macmillan through their annual charity golf day. Belvoir Wrexham took a less energetic but nevertheless very effective approach - donating £25 from the sale of every property to the Nightingale Hospice, raising £1500 for this very deserving cause.
In total Belvoir raised almost £16,000 for national and local charities of their choice - an incredible achievement, so congratulations from all at Estate Agent Today.
“Many Belvoir franchise owners have events planned for 2017 and we are looking forward to celebrating our charity champions at the Belvoir Annual Awards later this year” explains Gonsalves.