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Agents Do Charity - despite getting an hour's less sleep this weekend...

It’s spring at last! Although we’ve only just finished wiping the snow off our boots, it’s great news that the clocks spring forward on Saturday night and the days get longer and warmer (in theory).

A little less sleep on Saturday night hasn’t deterred out intrepid fund-raisers - we’ve another bumper bundle this week.

Each one emailed press@estateagenttoday.co.uk and if you so the same, we’ll publicise your heroic deeds.


Now, on with the show...

Changing Lives: Intelligent Services Group - parent company of IAM Sold, The Conveyancing Partnership and Medway Law - has selected Changing Lives as its dedicated charity.

It’s a national charity providing specialist support services for 21,000 vulnerable people and their families every year. It works with people facing a range of challenges such as homelessness, addiction to drugs or alcohol, domestic violence, long-term unemployment and more.

Ben Ridgway, managing director of ISG, comments: "Historically ISG has raised funds for a broad range of charities both regionally and nationally, and we are proud of the work we have done. We are pleased to have joined forces with Changing Lives, which we felt were the best fit."

St James Church of England Primary School: Sporty pupils at this Wetherby primary school have been kitted out by agency Manning Stainton.

In 2017 Manning Stainton donated in excess of £50,000 to over 115 groups, clubs and organisations through its Community Support Programme. Other local beneficiaries included the Wetherby Christmas Lights Appeal, Sicklinghall Cricket Club and Collingham Junior Football Club.  

Laura Taylor, branch coordinator at Manning Stainton in Wetherby, explains: “We take our role within the community extremely seriously and it is a source of great pride that we have been able to support so many different groups and help them achieve a variety of objectives.”

Agents Giving: The industry’s very own charity supports your fundraising activities so you can raise more money for your charities.

Now it’s set up a grant fund to help towards the set up costs of agents’ fundraising events, therefore maximising fundraising so more of the money you raise goes directly to your chosen charity.

The grant fund has been set up for agents and suppliers to the industry to help with their event set up costs. Grant requests should be made in advance of your fundraising event and Agents Giving will also help with the promotion of your event.

Many agents and their supported charities have already benefited from the fund, such as Chris Labram of Yopa who is trekking to Mount Everest base camp for Macmillan Cancer Care, the fund helped towards Chris’ registration fee.  

Yorkshire’s Finest Estate Agents are hosting a charity ball also raising funds for Macmillan with the Agents Giving grant fund helping towards the venue booking.  

And Paul Bampton of Samsome & George will be running the London Marathon this April for Centre Point with the fund helping towards Paul’s training equipment.

Peter Knight, chairman of Agents Giving, comments: “The grant fund is now helping agents with their event set up costs, meaning that more of the money raised at your event goes directly to your chosen charity.  Get in touch to see how we can help you, so you can raise even more money for the charities and causes you support”.

Any requests should be made via a registration form on the Agents Giving website. To apply for a grant you must be fundraising for UK registered charities and the registration number will be requested when applying.

For more information on The Agents Giving Grant Fund, please contact Agents Giving on 01372 370895 or email info@agentsgiving.org or visit the website at www.agentsgiving.org


Gkacademy: A goalkeeping school based in Downham has gained sponsorship through local estate agents Morris Armitage to provide training kit for all their goalkeepers. 

West Norfolk goalie Nathan Nicholls started Gkacademy in 2012, doing private sessions with a number of players between the posts. 

Nicholls now works with more than 20 local goalkeepers on a weekly basis and last year expanded, taking on another coach due to rising numbers. (From the Lynn News).


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