Hello - yes it’s Friday in case you lost track, and that means it’s Agents Do Charity day: and once again we are amazed at the fantastic work of the industry, even in lockdown.
We know many, many agents, suppliers and other property players are doing fantastic work in their communities and we want to shout about it - so please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll share this with the industry. Thank you.
Horsham Community: The good people at the At Home estate and lettings agency have created a joint community initiative with their neighbouring convenience store to aid those self isolating and the vulnerable.
The At Home team are volunteering their time, using the staff car, to offer a free delivery service to those in the community that can't get to the shops. Together they have got further volunteers onboard, to create a whole network of people to take orders, pack the shopping and deliver it to their nearby community.
The response has been fantastic, and everyone using the service has been beyond grateful to receive this lifeline.
The team at At Home Estate and Lettings Agency have been donating two hours a day of the staff car and our time to deliver essential groceries to isolating and vulnerable members of the community, free of charge, in conjunction with a neighbouring convenience store.
Holding On Letting Go: Harrisons Residential agency based in Sittingbourne, Kent has started fundraising for the local children’s bereavement charity, Holding On Letting Go by running an online raffle with prizes being donated by local businesses.
Aware that charities are facing real difficulties currently the Harrisons team wanted to help, and managing director Chris Ellis says: “Everyone is supporting the NHS currently and rightly so, however, there are so many charities that go missed and this cause, to me, really hits home when kids come into it.”
Holding On Letting Go supports children and their families through the grieving process. Unfortunately, due to social distancing measures the charity has already had to cancel several events.
Harrisons Residential hopes to raise £1,000: tickets are being sold for £5 per strip and can be bought from this JustGiving page.
NHS Frontline Staff: Adam Lascelles, of Fine & Country’s Lincolnshire and Grantham office, tells us: “Last week I ran a marathon on the spot in my kitchen to raise much needed funds for volunteers and NHS staff caring for COVID-19 patients. I ended up running 30 miles in 6 hrs and 10 mins, raising 100 per cent of my target!“
This link gives details to Adam’s JustGiving page - it’s not too late to contribute!
East Sussex Care Homes: An industry supplier has worked together with a local family run bakery to provide treats for care home staff who are working tirelessly during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Jerry Lyons and Wendy Reed run content marketing company The Estate Agent Content Club and bought £200 worth of baked goods from Burt’s Bakery, which were donated to three care homes across Seaford in East Sussex.
The donation was made on behalf of The Karma Club, which is the charitable arm of Wendy and Jerry’s business. It helps different community projects and groups each month, locally and globally.
Jerry says: “One of our clients, Aaron Kirk from The Property Cloud did a similar thing in Kent, and I thought we could do the same in the town we live. I approached the local bakery because I know they have been supporting the community and NHS workers since the outbreak, and they were delighted to help. “
St John Ambulance: Barratt Developments is donating 400 defibrillators from its sites across the UK to help in the fight against Coronavirus. The company is donating the defibrillators, usually used on its construction sites, to St John Ambulance.
St John Ambulance is now on the frontline supporting people and communities through coronavirus, helping to take the strain from the NHS. It has started a nationwide appeal – called Take the Strain - to source desperately needed equipment to help it in the vital role it is playing, including 1,000 defibrillators.
Barratt Developments has also donated £100,000 to the NHS Charities Together appeal.
NHS Charities Together supports 250 NHS charities across the UK collectively, giving money every day to the NHS so that people can stay well for longer and get better faster. It also plays a key role in mobilising volunteers to support NHS staff and support mental health, community health and ambulance trusts.
NHS West Essex and local care homes: Strawberry Star Group - a property company with developments in Luton, Wandsworth and Harlow - has donated 800 N-90 quality protective masks to NHS West Essex as well as a number of residential care homes across Newham and Havering.
Santhosh Gowda, chairman, says: “We know that N-90 masks are widely used beyond hospitals, by volunteers and care givers too, so we could see the potential to support the broader network of frontline key workers, such as those looking after the elderly.”
Strawberry Star reached out to local hospitals and donated 400 N-90 face masks to the NHS in Epping, which will be used at St. Margaret’s Hospital and other local clinics in their network.
Another 400 masks were donated to Newham and Havering Councils, who will be using them in multiple locations to support the most vulnerable, including residential care homes for the elderly, mentally and physically impaired.
Time To Talk: Estate agent Oliver James has been in touch and tells us: “I’ve launched something called Time to Talk which is a community based idea, so as an estate agent we can be there for the community if they need someone to talk to.
“I’m hearing a lot of stories about people being very lonely especially in lockdown and this is a route where I think estate agents can help. This included speaking to a 90 year old man this week who we then helped pick up his prescription from the doctors.
“I think it would be a great idea if all estate agents got together and did this - I’ve created a video which I can easily edit to add any other estate agents details and logo and perhaps we could get more agents on board.”
A great idea indeed - here’s the video…