Hello and welcome to a sunny Friday and this week’s round-up of the industry’s good works.
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Career Ready: Foxtons has begun a major new partnership to help hundreds of young people in the capital kick-start a rewarding future. The partnership is with Career Ready, a charity and leading light in social mobility. It works with businesses to offer structured, high-impact, career programmes to young people principally in the 16-18 age group from across London.
The Foxtons partnership – Career Ready’s first in estate agency – will raise important funding for the charity but also give Foxtons’ 1,000 strong workforce the chance to get personally involved in the delivery of the programmes.
These will include internships, mentoring students from local schools, masterclasses on leadership and perseverance focused on the property sector and hosting experience days.
The agency’s chief executive Nic Budden says: “I’m very proud of the diversity in the Foxtons business, something that bucks the trend across the property sector and gives us a real advantage. Over our 40 years, we have consistently given jobs to candidates from a whole range of backgrounds and experience as we know the skills we look for aren’t always recognised by traditional qualifications.”
Bookmark Charity: Four members of the GOTO Group - Alex Willis, Mark Bevan, Mark Phipps and Bonnie Larcombe - are hoping to raise over £2,000 for this great charity by walking the Three Peaks in September.
The walking distance is over 23 miles with a total ascent of over 10,000 feet and the aim is to complete it within 24 hours
Alex Willis, sales director, comments: “Lets face it, we have been sat behind a computer screen for the past year and everyone has suffered. This is our chance to challenge ourselves but also to raise as much cash as we can to help the children with something most of us take for granted - being able to read.”
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Save The Bees!: Developer Lovell Homes has launched a campaign to celebrate World Earth Day - yesterday - and help save the bees by encouraging residents and local school children across the North West to plant wildflowers in their gardens.
The campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the dwindling bee population and drive sustainability efforts by creating natural habitats for pollinators to thrive in, includes the provision of wildflower seeded paper for participants to plant at home, as well as a mindful colouring of a bee to boost well-being.
Anne-Marie O’Doherty, regional sales director at Lovell Homes, says: “Once the wildflower seeds have been planted, we’ve asked participants to pop their colouring of the bee in their window to show support, along with posting the pictures on social media so we can see the fantastic designs and reshare them across our platforms to help to spread the message even further online. The first ten participants to post on social media will also win a Bee Brick, which provide a nesting site for non-aggressive bees to help further the cause.”
As well as delivering the packs to its residents, the Lovell team also partnered with Weston Village Primary School and its eco ambassadors to educate students on the environmental impact of bee extinction.