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Agents Do Charity - a heartening end to a tragic week...

At the end of a week dominated by grim news, it is worth remembering our capacity for good far outweighs rare outbursts of evil.

Many in our industry will be giving their time today, Red Nose Day, to raise money for the BBC-organised appeal, and even more do work throughout the rest of the year to help those in need.

Please let us know of your fund-raising efforts, by emailing us press@estateagenttoday.co.uk and we will be delighted to publicise your efforts.


SeeAbility and YMCA DownsLink Group: The Deposit Protection Service has donated another £19,000 to charity.

A home and its grounds in Honiton in Devon run by charity SeeAbility are being refurbished following a £7,993 donation. A further £11,000 is being used to fund specialist support from YMCA DownsLink Group - Youth Advice Centre in Brighton and Hove.

Daren King, Head of Tenancy Deposit Protection at The DPS, says: “The Deposit Protection Service has given over £200,000 to good causes since we established our charity fund in 2014.

“We believe that everyone has the right to live life to the full, and we were really excited to visit Devon to see how our donation is helping SeeAbility’s fantastic work. We’re also delighted to be supporting YMCA DownsLink Group - Youth Advice Centre’s fantastic work in helping LGBT young people find a home in Brighton and Hove.”

SeeAbility aims to support people with a combination of sight loss and visual impairment, learning difficulties and physical difficulties to reach their aspirations and has over 20 residential homes and supported living facilities across the south of England.

YMCA DownsLink Group - Youth Advice Centre is a ‘one-stop shop’ for advice and information for young people aged13 to 25 in Brighton and Hove.

The DPS’s fund assists charities that support the homeless and those who need help to live independently, and good causes across the UK have benefited from donations from The DPS and its sister organisations, the Letting Protection Service (LPS) Scotland and Northern Ireland, over the last three years.

Charities focused on the housing sector can apply for funds via The DPS website at www.depositprotection.com/charity.

Garforth Tigers ARLFC: Players at an amateur rugby league club are hoping to make a roaring start to the season in their brand new kit.

Garforth Tigers ARLFC recently took delivery of the stylish strip for its under 9’s, under 14’s and open age teams, all of which have been sponsored by the local branch of Manning Stainton.

Garforth Tigers was founded in 1980 and from modest beginnings now runs six teams. The juniors compete in the Yorkshire Juniors League and the open age team line up in the Yorkshire Men’s League. In total around 75 players are registered with the club, the majority of whom come from the local area.

Manning Stainton has sponsored Garforth Tigers through its on-going Community Support Programme. In 2016 the company donated in excess of £50,000 to over 50 individual clubs, schools and other worthwhile organisations in and around the local community in which it operates.


Children with Cancer UK: Convey Law, the Newport-based law firm, has raised £50,000 for Children with Cancer through the Conveyancing Foundation’s Free Legal Fee Competition.

Over the course of the last five years the Free Legal Fee Competition has raised over £440,000 for a variety of charities with over £86,000 being raised in 2016 alone.

As part of the fund-raising for Children with Cancer, three individuals from Convey Law – Lloyd Davies, Rory Brown and Geraint Aubrey - took part in its Three Peaks National Challenge last year, climbing Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike and Snowden in 24 hours.

Conveyancing Foundation Chairman, Lloyd Davies, commented: “The Free Legal Fee Competition is a fantastic opportunity for conveyancers to raise funds for their chosen charities. Wilson Nesbitt Solicitors and Bright LLP joined the competition last year and are now busy raising thousands of pounds for their separate charities.

“It would not have been possible for Convey Law to raise £50k for Children with Cancer last year without the help of our clients through the Conveyancing Foundation Free Legal Fee Competition. Approximately 80% of our clients make a £10 donation on completion of their property transaction, with £1 going towards the £500 monthly lottery draw and £9 collecting Gift Aid, making every donation a minimum of £11.25 for the charity. 

“This is a fantastic competition and one that all conveyancing firms can take part in. The competition is very easy to implement - a full tool-kit and details of how the competition works is available on the Foundation website at: www.conveyancingfoundation.org.uk.”


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