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Agents Do Charity - despite lockdowns and downpours…

There’s no stopping our industry - whether it’s local lockdowns or early autumn storms, agents and suppliers continue doing great work for good causes.

We know it’s increasingly difficult in the current circumstances but this is a reminder we’re here to help: please email us details on press@estateagenttoday.co.uk and we’ll do what we can to publicise your fine efforts.

Now, a heartwarming start to this week’s fund-raising…



Martin House Hospice: A Yorkshire estate agent’s support for a renowned children’s hospice has seen it reach - and pass – another significant milestone in its fundraising activities.

Linley & Simpson, which has 21 branches across Yorkshire and The Humber, has seen the money raised for Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People hit £100,817.

Martin House – the agent’s chosen charity for the last five years – supports families across West, North and East Yorkshire, providing support and palliative care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions. 

It costs Martin House over £9m each year to provide this care, which, since mid-March, has been severely affected by Coronavirus. Martin House only receives 10 per cent statutory funding and therefore relies on donations and fundraising to cover remaining costs.

Last month company founders Will Linley and Nick Simpson presented hospice staff with £25,000 after it issued a funding crisis SOS. That in turn took the L&S total to within shouting distance of £100,000, which it has now passed.

Chief executive Will Linley says: “We’re delighted to partner with them for a sixth year, committing to raise £24,000 over the next 12 months, just in time for our 24th birthday. £24,000 could enable the Martin House community team to visit 240 families in their own homes, offering practical and emotional support where they need it. During the pandemic, the majority of families they support have been shielding, so offering care in their homes has been a lifeline.”

Macmillan Cancer Support: Seventeen staff members from across the Landmark Information Group have embarked on a huge walking challenge for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity.  With a goal to walk the distance of all the Landmark offices and back again – in one month - the team wants to cover a combined distance of 2,476 miles.

The distance equates to over 5.2m steps which means each member of team is aiming to walk 10,000 steps every day, for a month. 

All money raised will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, which supports people affected by cancer to live life as fully as possible.

Amy Kyson, a customer relationship advisor at Landmark, says: “The lockdown period has felt quite isolating for many of us so we wanted to do something that would bring us all together. We agreed on a walking challenge and wanted to raise some money at the same time! Everyone put forward their own nominations and the winning charity was Macmillan Cancer Support.”

Adds Amy: “We’re on track with our journey and are currently completing the return leg; we have now reached over 2,210 miles, which brings us back to Edinburgh, with the end in sight. Everyone involved has been working really hard to increase their daily steps and raise as much money as possible. It’s been really challenging, but as a team we are absolutely smashing it! We would like to thank everyone who has donated so far.”


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