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Agents Do Charity: lockdown fund-raising continues apace…

With a lengthy lockdown already behind us one might think that fund-raising was a step too far - but not for our industry.

We’ve got more great stories here, exactly what we need in difficult times; if you have similar stories to share, please email them to press@estateagenttoday.co.uk and we’ll share them (and doff our virtual cap).

Here we go…

Redditch Food Bank: Property agents John Truslove has helped the local Acts of Kindness food bank team secure bigger new premises just in time to cope with a huge surge in demand as a result of the Coronavirus crisis.

The Acts of Kindness food bank was already looking for new premises before the virus first raised its head but is now installed in its new home just in time to provide urgent help for those in most need as the crisis grips the nation.

Acts of Kindness food bank was launched in 2011 with a number of trustees from churches within Redditch, after seeing the challenging circumstances faced by some people in the town. Now a charity in its own right, working with more than 40 referral agencies it has provided tonnes of food to thousands of people in need over the years.

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NHS: A Midlands agent’s use of virtual technology has helped it raise at least £1,000 for the NHS as a “thank you” for its efforts tackling COVID-19. 

Nicol & Co, which has branches in Droitwich Spa and Worcester, has been carrying out valuations by live video for anyone thinking of selling their home.

And for every instruction signed up the company is donating £100 to a special fund to assist the local NHS in its battle against the pandemic. 

With 10 new instructions signed and four more contracts out for signatures since launching the initiative, Nicol & Co is set to donate at least £1,000 to the fund, with more to come if further instructions are signed by 21 April.

Matt Nicol, managing director, says: “This is a great way for us to keep doing the kind of personal business we always strive to provide whilst respecting the measures needed to beat COVID-19. We’re all so grateful to our NHS for what they’re doing, so it made sense for this activity to benefit the health service at the same time.”

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Snappy Trust: A family-run property business helped bring Easter joy to children in York, having run a charitable campaign that saw hundreds of tenants, landlords and suppliers post positive pictures and messages of hope in their windows.

The result was a £250 donation to The Snappy Trust.

Scott Littlefair, from Littlefairs, contacted clients and suppliers to encourage them to put rainbow posters and pictures in their windows to convey a message of solidarity.

For every pictured shared on the company’s social media pages, they pledged to donate money to The Snappy Trust to buy Easter eggs.

The Snappy Trust is a York-based charity that provides a vital social and recreational support service to over 257 families of children and young people with disabilities and special needs. Its centre remains open, as many families include critical workers, but all its normal fundraising events have been cancelled; the charity is 100 per cent independently funded.

Teenage Cancer Trust:  With the nation working from home, property software supplier VTUK is urging the nation to share Zoom calls - simply putting their thumbs up and taking a screenshot, in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. 

The charity helps teenagers facing the prospect of being isolated at home, with no contact due to chemotherapy, whilst also suffering the fear that their cancer treatment will be affected. 

VTUK would like the screenshot to be shared across social media with the hashtag #CallForCancer and VTUK is asking everyone taking part in each call to donate £2 or more via this fundraising page

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