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Agents Do Charity - we’re back in business with a vengeance…

The New Year lull is well and truly over and this week’s Agents Do Charity show fundraising is back in business despite the pandemic.

Please email us on press@estateagenttoday.co.uk and we’ll include your fundraising work for great causes.

In the meantime, let’s salute this week’s champions…

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Ella’s: The Women In Residential Property network, which aims to encourage collaboration and understanding between women working across the residential property industry, has raised over £1,000 for the charity Ella’s.

Emma Vigus, chair of WIRP, says: “We’ve been supporting Ella’s for the last 18 months. It’s a small charity that provides vital support to women who’ve been victims of trafficking and slavery. The pandemic has made everyone’s lives tougher, but it’s been even harder for the team at Ella’s who’ve been faced with the challenges of continuing to provide vital support during lockdown. We’re so proud of the work Ella’s does and we’re delighted to be able to support them.”

2020 saw membership of WIRP grow to over 400, with 50 attending the last meeting of 2020. Members come from a broad range of sectors from Estate Agency through to Surveying, Conveyancing and Mortgage Broking. Membership is free of charge and the Group will continue to hold regular Zoom meetings throughout 2021. You can see more details here.

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NHS Heroes: The Birmingham Harborne branch of Martin & Co has commissioned a stunning window display to show support for NHS heroes. The branch is less than a mile from Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and many of its customers have been working tirelessly for the NHS during the pandemic.

The branch commissioned Essex-based artist Taylor Phillips of Taylor Made Designs to design and implement the artwork and director Raj Bedi says: “With many of our sellers, landlords, buyers and tenants working for the NHS, we are hearing first-hand of their experiences working through the pandemic and all the hard work that they are putting in.

“So, we wanted to have this artwork done to show our support. Harborne and Edgbaston has always been the place to live for doctors, nurses and other NHS workers and we are fortunate to have the QE Hospital on our doorstep as well as being close to the other hospitals. Without these NHS workers the area wouldn't be the same.”

Mind: Connells Group has named mental health charity Mind as its new charity partner, following a staff survey.

“We encouraged our employees to choose a charity that they would like to support” says David Plumtree, Connells Group estate agency chief executive. 

“Mind was the overwhelming consensus, as it is a cause that has really resonated with our workforce, especially at this time where current events have forced us to recognise any issues with the mental health of ourselves and those close to us, and where more people have needed Mind more than ever before.

“We are eager to kick off our new partnership and raise plenty of money to support Mind to continue to do their good work through a calendar of exciting fundraising activities.”

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Brighton Rotary Club Charities: Mishon Mackay, a prominent agency in Sussex, has raised nearly £10,000 for local charities by collecting more than 900 Christmas trees to be responsibly recycled, with the help of Hove Soiree Rotary Club volunteers.

Alex Mackay, managing director, says: “We’re really pleased to support our friends at the Rotary Club and to help raise some much-appreciated money for local charities. What a great start to the year!”

The money raised will be donated to the Rotary Club’s chosen charities including the Martlets Hospice, Fareshare, Little Green Pig, Sussex Homeless Support, Pelican Parcels and other Rotary supported charities.

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