Hello there and we’re at the start of another Bank Holiday weekend - but no rest for you lot, working hard to raise funds for great causes, as our industry has always done.
Everyone here got hold of us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; if you do the same, we’ll spread the word about your great work too.
Now, where did I put my climbing boots?
Veterans of the Queen’s Regiment: Nick Goble - franchisee of Winkworth Battersea, Clapham, Pimlico and Kennington Lettings - next month climbs Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe.
Having trained since November, Nick plans to take the highly challenging ‘Gonella Route’ from the Italian side of the mountain, climbing 15,777 feet over two to three days.
Absolutely 100 per cent of funds raised from this challenge will go directly to helping veterans of the Queen’s Regiment, Nick’s former regiment of the British Army.
Nick says: “In 2018, it was reported that over 71 British veterans tragically took their lives, including five brave veterans in one torrid week alone. These figures do vary as it’s difficult to truly record, but I think everyone can agree that if it were just one veteran it would be one too many.
“I did say about 10 years ago that I would not be rattling the tin again asking for donations, but I now feel compelled to dust off the collection tin for a one-off and final fundraising event. The mental health challenge our brave veterans face today is immense and they need as much support as we can offer them.”
To support Nick, visit this page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/queensregimentbenevolentfund
Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners: ALEP has hosted its popular annual Golf Day with 30 players navigating the 27-hole course of Warley Park Gold Club in Essex.
This year’s competition winners were:
- Nearest the Pin: Sean Pugh, Kerry London
- Longest Drive: David Robson, Robsons Surveyors
- Novice Runner-Up: Jo Chapman-Burnett, Chroma Surveyors
- Novice Winner: Ryan Bridges, MAP Surveyors
Golf winner of the day was Andrew Raby of Thackray Williams, a four-times ALEP golf champion, who returned to the greens after a two-year absence to reclaim his crown for a fifth time! Hot on his heels were the duo from Chroma Surveyors; Keith Chapman-Burnett in second place, and Jeremy Taylor in third place
Variety, the Children’s Charity: The PROPS Awards Lunch, one of the highlights of the property industry’s calendar, has raised an incredible £410,000 net for this great cause.
Now in its 28th year, the glittering ceremony was held at the London Hilton on Park Lane and was hosted by former rugby union international and broadcaster Martin Bayfield.
Since its inception in 1992, the awards have generated over £10 million for the charity and provided 2,100 powered wheelchairs for disabled children across the UK.
At the event, the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award was won by David Pearl, chairman and chief executive of Pearl & Coutts for his five decades of service to the property sector.
Other winners included Moda Living, who picked up the Residential Developer of the Year, Paul Eden of Regal London, who took home the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Aviva for Property Lender of the year and very interestingly Development of the Year was won by the United States Government for the US Embassy at Nine Elms.
Frances Lang, Variety chief executive, says: “I am bowled over by the generosity of the UK property industry at the PROPS Awards Lunch. £410,000 is an incredible total to have raised. On behalf of each and every one of the children and young people who will receive a life transforming wheelchair, I thank everyone who gave so generously from the bottom of my heart. This support really does change lives.”
The winners of the 28th PROPS Awards are as follows:
1. Most Promising Newcomer of the Year: Ezra Nahome, Lambert Smith Hampton
2. Residential Developer of the Year: Moda Living
3. Deal of the Year: Network Rail, Telereal Trillium and Blackstone Property Partners - sale of Network Rail's commercial estate business to Telereal Trillium and Blackstone Property Partners
4. Residential Agent of the Year: Carter Jonas
5. Commercial Agent of the Year: Mason Owen
6. Property Fund of the Year: Europa Capital
7. Property Lender of the Year: Aviva
8. Development of the Year: United States Embassy, London
9. Entrepreneur of the Year: Paul Eden, Regal London
10. Young Property Person of the Year: Clive Nichol, Fabrix Capital
11. Property Advisor of the Year: Freedman + Hilmi
12. Proptech Company of the Year: Land Insight
13. Lifetime Achievement Award: David Pearl, Chairman and Chief Executive of Pearl & Coutts
Plan Zheroes: Four teams representing the Prime and London Bridge hubs of Keller Williams UK have put their negotiating skills to great use by helping generate leads for food waste charity Plan Zheroes.
The teams generated nearly 100 leads for Plan Zheroes by calling up food manufacturers and distributors as well as restaurants and getting them to sign up to the charity's innovative food donation platform.
Ben Taylor, chief executive of Keller Williams UK, says: “You may say that this was an extension of our core skill and we were delighted to help a charity like PZ that has limited resources.”
Keller Williams worldwide devotes one annual day of service with the aim to make a difference to the lives of others in communities in which the company is active. This year 37 countries took part with an estimated 180,000 people participating.
Laura Hopper of Plan Zheroes adds: “It was fantastic having 24 people from Keller Williams in London generating leads for us. We are a small charity and it would take our team weeks to generate these leads. We are following them up now.”
PZ say that over the last four years they have helped to redistribute 165 tonnes of food that otherwise would have been thrown away - providing the equivalent of 390,000 meals.