Hello and welcome to yet another Agents Do Charity, the weekly forum for the industry to share its good news on good work for good causes.
We’re delighted people are still fund-raising through the challenges of the virus and now the latest lockdown - and thanks so much for keeping in touch with us too. Just an email to firstname.lastname@example.org is enough to ensure we give your noble cause a mention.
The Big Issue: The Deposit Protection Service has donated £20,000 from its Charity Donations Fund to The Big Issue to help support its vendors.
The DPS wants to support magazine vendors following the significant impact of Coronavirus on the ability of street homeless or vulnerably housed people to generate an independent income.
Chris Falchi-Stead, director of sales and operations at The Big Issue, said: “The DPS’ enormous generosity during this crisis demonstrates just how committed it is to tackling poverty. Its support helps to ensure that we’re able to be there for the many vulnerable people who rely on us, both now and in the future – so on behalf of everyone at The Big Issue I’d like to say a huge thank you.”
And DPS managing director Matt Trevett adds: “This year has clearly proven very disruptive for anyone who needs support with housing, and Big Issue vendors were unable to work for more than three months as a result of the pandemic. We’re proud to assist The Big Issue as it continues to help vendors across the country bring in income and gain greater independence.”
The Big Issue has said its vendors currently need support more than ever, and that the public could help by buying a copy of the magazine.
The DPS’ donation is the most recent from its Charity Donations Fund, which since 2014 has provided £430,000 of funding to organisations that help people affected by homelessness or who need supportive accommodation. More information about the fund is available here.
CLIC Sargent: This marvellous charity has been in touch and is encouraging agents to raise vital funds to support local children and young people with cancer.
Like many charities, it’s suffered a huge loss of income due to the pandemic but it is organising a ‘Race to the North Pole’ in time for Christmas, and hopes agents will take part.
This is how it works:
- assemble a team of any size, aiming to raise a pound for every mile you cover to reach the North Pole before Santa sets off with his reindeer on Christmas Eve;
- wall, cycle or run to complete the distance - it’s 2,700 miles;
- open a JustGiving page and encourage donations - good luck!
The Principle Trust: This charity was established in 2011 to support under-privileged, disadvantaged and disabled children and their families through the provision of free holidays and respite breaks. They own five holiday homes.
Computershare Loan Services allocates £20,000 annually for its Charity Donations Fund. The fund aims to help prevent financial hardship as well as support those experiencing money problems.
Computershare’s chief executive Andrew Jones says: “We are so pleased to be able to lend our support to The Principle Trust. Countless families face difficult times ahead as a result of the pandemic, and The Principle Trust’s holiday program gives a few families a much-needed breather.”
And Lauren Fisher, the trust’s fund-raising manager, adds: “We are so grateful for the support that Computershare has so kindly given. It will really improve the quality of life for the children and families we support, especially those who have suffered furthermore during the pandemic due to living in poverty. We won't allow vulnerable children and families to miss out on the opportunity of a free week-long respite break which could be life changing for so many of them.”
Pedal4Prostrate: Jonathan Morgan, a director of the Peter Morgan agencies in south Wales, has been in touch to say that next May he and a team of six other cyclists will cycle 1,000 miles in nine days.
This is for ProstateCymru, a 100 per cent not for profit charity.
It’s a great cause and although it’s some months away, fund-raising is already on the road - please check out the website.
Good luck Jonathan!
The Guild of St Martin Dinner: Leicester Cathedral has had to think outside of the box in order for their vital annual fundraiser, the Guild of St Martin Dinner, to still go ahead this week.
Regional property firm Andrew Granger & Co has sponsored the event which this year enables guests to attend the event virtually from home.
It’s like Ready, Steady, Cook with the Dean, complete with a video and recipes to be released in advance inviting guests to make the dinner a fun shared experience with everyone eating the same, or similar, meal at home.
Andrew Robinson, director at Andrew Granger & Co, says: “We’ve enjoyed supporting and attending this event for many years and this year will be no exception, if just a little different.”