This week has seen the estate agency industry demonstrating just how big it is these days with Purplebricks raising £50m in a matter of hours to launch in the United States, and Rightmove once again producing awesome figures of portal visits.
But the human touch still matters, too, and nowhere is this shown more compassionately than in the work done by agents for good causes.
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Hope 4: Three Fine & Country agents at Rugby have slept rough to raise money and awareness for the homeless, a charity helping the town’s homeless. Claire Heritage, branch manager Sam Funnell and Sean Newman used cardboard boxes to help make some form of a shelter during their sleep out.
Angie Marsh, a volunteer at Hope 4, said: “Night after night people go through this, we are in a group and feel safe but they don’t.”
East Anglia Childrens’ Hospices: Harrison Murray Estate Agency and the Nottingham Building Society got in the mood to pay tribute to a true princess, Mikayla Clark, as they handed over funds to the hospice that cared for her before she died last year.
Estate agency manager Nicola Roberts, senior negotiator Tracey Palmer and customer adviser Carrie-Anne Johnson dressed as princesses on a visit to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices in Milton to present a cheque for £500.
“It was fantastic to go along to EACH and to present them with the cheque, which will help them continue their amazing work. We were blessed to be able to have a tour of the hospice and to meet so many great and inspirational people. It was the icing on the cake to see where the money will be spent after our estate agency and building society teams put so much effort into the fundraising” explains Nicola.
Banbury Young Homelessness Project: Sarka Naivertova, director of Distinct Estate Agents, climbed to the top of the 5,895 metre tall Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, to raise money for BYHP - despite altitude sickness.
She told the Banbury Guardian: “It was always something I could never believe I would be able to do. For me, Kilimanjaro is the kind of place to challenge myself. I’m a big believer in conquering fear.”
As well as altitude sickness, Sarka had to cope with temperatures that ranged from 30-plus degrees at the bottom, to minus 45 degrees at the summit.
“I suffered immensely and I was the first one to fall sick out of the whole group. It just crippled me. The best way I can describe it is it is like the worst hangover you could ever have, one where it is painful to turn your head left or right and you feel so sick, you can’t even walk from the bedroom to the kitchen, but I had to hike” she told the newspaper.