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Agents Do Charity - more heart-warming examples of kindness

As we end an especially tragic week, it is heart-warming to remember how our industry - along with so many other people - can demonstrate warmth and compassion through charitable work.

Please let us publicise your work by contacting us on press@estateagenttoday.co.uk

In the meantime, enjoy a warm Bank Holiday weekend, and let’s salute all those below in their fundraising efforts.


Panama Wildlife Conservation Charity: Hamptons International is partnering with leading florist Shane Connolly for Chelsea in Bloom, the area’s prestigious annual floral art show. 

Connolly, a Royal Warrant of Appointment to HRH The Prince of Wales, is designing a window installation for Hamptons International Sloane Square office, tying in with Chelsea in Bloom’s 2017 theme Floral Safari.

The designs are based on a fantastical imaginary safari to a Panamanian Rainforest, following Connolly’s work with the Panama Wildlife Conservation Charity on their official launch at the V&A.

Horniman Primary School in Forest Hill will participate in the fun by decorating bugs and butterflies to be part of the Hamptons International Sloane Square branch display. In return, Hamptons will be providing plants for the school’s garden.


Heads Together: Registration is open for the second Bidwells Golden Triangle Bike Ride.

The event promises to be a great day, with a 100-mile route from Oxford to Cambridge meandering in and out of country villages on a predominantly flat route. There will be a stop off in Milton Keynes where riders can join for just the 50 miles to Cambridge, if they prefer.

Full details are on www.bidwellscyclechallenge.co.uk and entry to the event is £40 per participant plus an admin fee. All 100 per cent of the entry fee goes to Heads Together, which aims to change the national conversation on mental health and wellbeing. It is a partnership with inspiring charities with decades of experience in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges.


Fine & Country Foundation: Fine & Country Warwickshire has gathered 18 people to join them at The Warwickshire Golf and Country Club on June 8.

The golf day is organised by Chris Mobbs, Fine & Country Banbury and Mark Griffiths, Fine & Country Leamington Spa. The proceeds of the event will be donated to the Fine & Country Foundation, the homeless charity set up to support other homeless charities and poverty prevention schemes.

They support charities on local, national and international levels and are constantly looking for new homeless charities to partner or work with. The golfers will partake in mini competitions as well as completing the 18 hole Earls Course. This includes the longest drive and closest to the pin challenges to compete for Fine & Country Golf cups.

The golf day is hoping to raise £300 for the Fine & Country Foundation. The Foundation’s Just Giving page is at https://www.justgiving.com/fineand-country

Meanwhile on June 23 from 9am to 11am the Fine & Country Foundation will be holding a coffee morning in aid of charities for the homeless.

Fine & Country agents from across the country will be opening their doors to the local community for a coffee, piece of cake and a chat. With at least 14 offices taking part, the Fine & Country Foundation is aiming to raise donations as well as awareness for homelessness.

MacMillan Cancer Support: Four-year-old Sophie Hill is always dad Matt's number one fan - and things will be no different when he undertakes a gruelling run to raise money for people affected by cancer.

Matt, an estate agency manager for the Nottingham Estate Agency, is swapping brogues for trainers to take part in this weekend's Nottingham 10k, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

By his own admission running is not the 43-year-old's forte so it's going to be something of a challenge, however his devoted daughter will be in the crowd watching and doing everything she can to help him over the finish line.

Sophie said: "It is very nice of my daddy to do this and it shows he has a very kind heart. I was the first person to sponsor him because I wanted him to know how proud I am and how much I love him. I hope he makes lots of money for charity."

Dad Matt added: "Running is most certainly not my thing and what with work and family life I have to admit that the training regime has been a bit sparse so I know it's going to be extremely tough.

The Nottingham 10k is this Sunday and you can sponsor Matt on his quest right here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Matt-Hill25.


Mortgage Brain Fundraising: Over 300 guests from the UK mortgage market attended Mortgage Brain’s 30th Birthday celebration and helped raise £50,814 in sponsorship and donations for its designated charities.

The celebration, a fundraising event which will see all monies raised being split between a number of nominated charities – the Alzheimer’s Society, Birmingham Christmas Shelter, Contact the Elderly, MDS UK Patient Support Group, Shooting Star Children’s Hospice, Compassion International and Haiti Orphanage Project Espwa - took place recently at the Hilton London Bankside.

Mark Lofthouse, CEO of Mortgage Brain, says: “Reaching our 30th Birthday is a significant achievement, and as well as giving us the opportunity to celebrate, it was a perfect opportunity to say thank you to our business partners, friends, colleagues and associates.

“It was also the perfect opportunity to help raise much needed funds for several great causes and I would like to thank everyone who has helped us raise over £50,000 for charity, which will make a huge difference to the people they help.”


MHM Charitable Trust: As part of a Charity Auction at My Home Move’s Annual Housing Conference and Awards Dinner, estate agents, mortgage brokers and intermediaries from across the property industry have raised over £6,000 for homeless charities supported by the MHM Charitable Trust.

Hosted by Chris Edwards, Managing Director of the Edwards Moore Property Group, guests bid on items including a Gin experience, 4 Ball on The Belfry’s Brabazon Course and Hospitality at Old Trafford.

The money raised will be donated to the organisations supported by the MHM Charitable Trust, which include The Bridge Homelessness to Hope (Leicester), The Hope Centre (Northampton), Mustard Tree (Manchester) and the Snehalaya Children’s Home (India).

After raising a record £25,514.13 in 2016, My Home Move has challenged its employees to raise even more for the good causes the Trust supports this year.

For more information about the MHM Charitable Trust and its fundraising initiatives, please visit www.myhomemove.com/about/corporate-social-responsibility.


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