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Agents Do Charity - with one eye on 'the match'...

Hello and welcome to this week’s hat-tip towards those in our industry doing so much to help others in need.

Summer fund-raising events are in full swing now, although we anticipate they may be halted temporarily for England’s progress in the World Cup. But if you can keep your eyes off the TV for a moment, please do let us have your charity reports and we’ll gladly publicise them - let us know on press@estateagenttoday.co.uk.

Now, let’s kick-off...


Fine & Country Foundation: Guests gathered at Grafton Manor in Warwickshire to support the return of Fine & Country’s charity fashion show, raising over £1,200 for homelessness.

There was prosecco and a two course meal while models paraded luxury clothing through the tables of guests. The event’s exhibitors included a fascinator boutique and a handmade ornament designer.

Vanessa Bradford, Fine & Country Droitwich Spa says: “I am delighted the day was a huge success and all the guests enjoyed the show. We were inundated with donations of beautiful clothes for the event, so we have a few items left over which will be perfect for next year’s event”.

Fine & Country Foundation works to fight the causes of homelessness in the UK and overseas. 

In addition to the 17 homeless charities and projects already receiving funding, twice a year, the foundation opens its grant programme for homeless charities to apply for up to £15,000 of funding.

Following the success of the first grant scheme in March this year, which awarded more than £60,000 of funding, the next grant programme will open in October. 


Pendleside Hospice Corporate Challenge/Pendle Pub Walk: Petty estate agency took part in this, marking its 30th year in business.

Ian Bythell, residential director, says: “This is such a great initiative by the hospice and we’re really proud to represent our patch as the area’s only chosen Relocation Agent Local Experts. We take our corporate and social responsibility very seriously but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun at the same time.

“Everyone from Pendle knows the great work that the hospice does. Most of us have at some point experienced friends or family with life-limiting illnesses and it’s both humbling and inspiring to see the amazing support for people that is provided by our wonderful hospice.”

With the weather not at its best that weekend Petty hadn’t expect to do as well as they had done in previous years, but it made £1,200, smashing last year’s total of £900. 

The hospice costs almost £4m each year to run, of which £3m is raised locally through individual and organised fundraising initiatives and the Pendle Pub Walk is one of the largest and best loved fundraising events.


Malawi/Red Brick Sales and Lettings: Patrick Sullivan, managing director of Red Brick Sales and Lettings, writes:

“I went to Malawi with a group called www.bwenguprojects.co.uk

“The aim is to support a number of schools with educational support via a solar powered system that uses an android tablet via an LED projector to display the Malawi school curriculum. We also support the schools with facilities support such as building projects for new toilets, classrooms and staff accommodation. Red Brick provided two of these sets.

“Strange, it was like a busman’s holiday,  I used my property and project management skills to assess building requirements and plan new building projects.

“Why did I do it ? Our company Red Brick do quite a bit of local charity work in the UK. This however was a chance to work with people with even greater needs.

“Was I ready for it ? I wasn’t prepared for the level of poverty , the school class sizes were un believable, one class had 142 kids in a room of 30 square metres. The same school had five toilets (holes in the ground) to service 1,250 kids, one water well to support the school and 2,000 other local people - on and 15 teachers.

“Family houses are a small brick building, no water, electricity or toilet. Average salaries are around £2 a day, I appreciate its all relative but most people only have two sets of clothes, they eat once or maybe twice a day if lucky. Eating meat is a rare luxury, Owning a push bike is a major luxury.

“Would I go back? YES - I’ve committed to the next five years of fund raising, traveling to Malawi and supporting where I can.

“Who paid for it all? All our volunteers pay 100 per cent for their own travel, accommodation and food, so guaranteeing all monies raised goes to the children.”

Martin House Children’s Hospice: A team of Linley & Simpson staff, from across their 11 branch network in north and west Yorkshire, dressed up as superheroes and took on the Kapow inflatable obstacle course in Leeds as part of a series of fundraising challenges they have set themselves to raise money for Martin House Children’s Hospice. 

Martin House is Linley & Simpson’s long-term charity of choice.  

Agents Do Charity - with one eye on 'the match'...

The company has raised in excess of £50,000 for Martin House during the time they have supported them and this year’s target is to raise a further £18,500 – the cost of running the hospice for just one day! 

Martin House provides family-led care and support to life-limited children across Yorkshire.


CLIC Sargent: Sequence has raised nearly £10,000 so far for chosen charity CLIC Sargent by taking part in the Sequence Summer Solstice Skydive.  

Sequence UK has been supporting CLIC Sargent - the UK’s leading charity for children and young people with cancer and their families – since 2001. The skydive took place last month across a range of UK airfields and saw 20 staff take to the skies falling 13,000ft.

Agents Do Charity - with one eye on 'the match'...

“Well done to our brave colleagues who took part in this fantastic event. The money is still rolling in and we hope to make this year of fundraising our best yet for CLIC Sargent” says David Plumtree, group estate agency chief executive.   

“The skydive weekend was thoroughly enjoyed by all involved and the enthusiasm and support from the company as a whole has been great. We’re proud to be able to keep contributing to the excellent work CLIC Sargent do and we are always looking for new and fun ways to support them.”

For more information, please visit www.clicsargent.org.uk or to show your support visit https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/sequenceskydive


Fine & Country Foundation: The Tunbridge Wells office of Fine & Country recently enjoyed the honour of handing over a giant cheque for £3,078.56 to the Bridge Trust, a local homeless charity in West Kent. 

Local charities, such as the Bridge Trust, are recognised by The Fine & Country Foundation as exceptional examples of how charitable enterprises can really impact locally on the problems caused by homelessness. 

Agents Do Charity - with one eye on 'the match'...

This award is being directed to provide 16 essential Move-On packs that are absolutely vital in support of housing the vulnerable. The packs are divided into five sections: bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, cleaning and sundries.

Chris Doe, Regional Manager for Fine & Country Tunbridge Wells, says: “This was one of the first grants that our Fine & Country Foundation has distributed and I am delighted to see that it will go directly to helping local people on their journey out of homelessness and into a place of their own.”


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