We daren’t mention it but this is the final Bank Holiday before…well, Christmas.
Let’s hope agents and suppliers have an opportunity to enjoy this rare combination of a long weekend and sunny weather - but if this week’s ADC is anything to go by, many of you will be doing fantastic fund-raising.
Please let us know what you have planned for the autumn, charity-wise, by contacting us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll publicise your terrific work to the industry as the nights draw in.
In the meantime, Factor 40 on and here we go with this week’s salute...
Cancer Research UK: Hamptons International’s Hove branch has held a fundraising raffle and cake sale.
“We had some amazing prizes donated to us by local businesses including The Grand, Fourth and Church, Giggling Squid, The Claremont Hotel, Florian Florist, BA i360, First Natural Brands, The Komedia, The Brighton Regency Routemaster and Brighton Gin” explains associate director Nicola Brown.
Through this - and a yummy cake sale - the branch raised a super-impressive £1,318. Well done!
NSPCC: Coombe Residential, a family-owned estate agency serving the local community for nearly 30 years, is proudly supporting the NSPCC.
Directors Hani and Basma Madanat’s Coombe Residential already supports many local schools.
Lloyd Butcher, corporate partnerships manager at the charity says: “The NSPCC receives around 90% of funding from generous supporters and companies like Coombe Residential who believe every childhood is worth fighting for. We are grateful for their generous donation which will help our vital work.”
Advice4Renters/Buddy Bag Foundation: These two charities are benefitting from sales of the new Property Passport product by The Lettings Hub.
Advice4Renters is a London based advice organisation for private renters; the Buddy Bag Foundation provide children entering emergency accommodation with back packs filled with essential items like toiletries and pyjamas and comfort items.
Heidi Shackell, chief executive of The Lettings Hub, says: “From the earliest designs of Property Passport we knew we wanted to take the opportunity to contribute a part of its commercial success to charity. After a lot of research, we’ve selected two great partner charities and we’re thrilled that they think we’re a good match. As well as making a financial contribution, we look forward to learning more from both the charities and the great work they do, and we will do our very best to support this.”
The Winch: The staff at ever-generous Paramount Properties have recently devoted their time and fund-raising to refurbish a kitchen at The Winch, a charity that supports young people.
It’s an inspiring tale of how the whole team got involved, and a blog written by Danielle Lanthier - executive assistant at the agency - gives a fascinating insight into the charity too.
You can read the blog and be in awe of the agency’s work, here.
Cancer Research UK: Flagstone mortgage centre has put its best foot forward in the Race for Life to help raise vital funding for Cancer Research UK.
Financial advisors Samantha Davis, Adam Allgrove, Jim Overall and Michelle Shilliam, along with Marion Hubbard and Sarah Sheppard from Flagstones mortgage service centre all took part in the 5k run in Chelmsford and raised a splendid £1,200-plus for the charity.
Developing Health and Independence: Bath-based property management firm Touchstone has partnered with this great charity, which helps over 5,000 disadvantaged people each year turn their lives around.
DHI work to resolve the root cause of complex issues, which are often housing-related.
In their first project together, a Touchstone team volunteered their time to help DHI renovate a three-bedroom house in Bath for a refugee family from Syria.
The family has a disabled member, who needs a home with wheelchair access, and they are in huge need following trauma in the Syrian war zone.
The house needed considerable updating, so as well as volunteering, and Touchstone funded its complete decoration. Touchstone staff spent two days working alongside DHI and the local Syrian community to undertake the decoration and landscaping works, and the home is now ready for its first family.
Touchstone’s managing director Helen Kings says: “Our charity work is massively important to us and being based in Bath we wanted to find a local charity where we could make a tangible difference. Our colleagues have loved giving their time to renovate this home. It’s fantastic knowing their hard work will have such a positive impact for this family and many others in the future.”