Agents Do Charity - good works dispel the stamp duty blues
Thu 31 Mar 2016
Forget the gloomy stamp duty news, or the prospect that a new house price index might revalue house prices
downwards, or the market slowing down because of EU referendum uncertainty.
Need we go on? Instead, lets look for a moment at the largely-unsung good work done by estate agents day in,
day out - not just selling and letting homes, but charitable work.
If you want to publicise your efforts, let us know at email@example.com .
Thats what this weeks heroes did...
Emmaus UK: Review website raterAgent has partnered with this homelessness charity to donate 10p for what it
calls "every genuine review" left on the site from April 2 onwards. "We wanted to reflect the kindness shown by
sellers, landlords, buyers and tenants in leaving reviews for agents by making a donation to Emmaus on their
behalves," says Mal McCallion, raterAgents CEO.
Emmaus helps homeless people by providing not just a bed for the night but a home, meaningful work and a
sense of belonging. "We know only too well how important a home is, and its great to have raterAgents support
in our work" says Simon Grainge, the charitys chief executive.
Housing For Women: Over 50 agents will run the third annual London Estate Agents 10k Race to raise funds for
Housing for Women. This is a housing association which supports vulnerable women and their children in
London, including those experiencing domestic violence, women that have been trafficked, mothers leaving
prison and elderly women.
Agents from Stirling Ackroyd, Marsh & Parsons, Winkworth, and Fine & Country, among others, will compete and
are encouraging other agencies to sign up and get involved for some friendly rivalry and the chance to win some
brilliant prizes. The race, expected to raise over 10,000, takes place on Saturday May 7 in Londons Regents
Park starting at 10.30am.
Jakki Moxham, Chief Executive of Housing for Women says: "Were delighted that so many estate agents have
signed up to take part in the London Estate Agents 10k race and urge others to take part. Many of the women we
support have been living in fear for their safety. Being housed in a safe and secure environment gives them the
opportunity to rebuild their lives."
To sign-up to the run please contact Paul Melbourne on firstname.lastname@example.org . There is a registration fee
of 15 and fundraising target of 150 per person. Here is the JustGiving page for donations:
Birmingham Childrens Hospital: After a year of fundraising a leading homebuilder has presented Birmingham
Children's Hospital with more than 27,000.
John Fitzgerald, Managing Director of David Wilson Homes Mercia, handed over a cheque for 27,552 to Elinor
Eustace, deputy director of fundraising at the hospital charity.
Throughout 2015 staff at David Wilson Homes held a series of events to raise funds for the hospital, beating their
25,000 target in the process. Their fundraisers included a 50 hour bike-a-thon when the commercial team
swapped their office chairs for saddles at the David Lloyd Gym in Solihull. Cycling was also the theme of another
fundraiser when a number of employees biked 50 miles through Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
John Fitzgerald, Managing Director for David Wilson Homes Mercia, says: "It was an excellent effort from all the
staff and to exceed our target of 25,000 was fantastic as this money will make a difference to the patients at the
hospital as well as their families."
Childrens Hospice Association Scotland: For the third year running, DM Hall LLP is supporting Childrens
Hospice Association Scotland - DM Hall, one of Scotlands leading firms of independent chartered surveyors, has
now raised 40,000 through its support for CHAS, and the funds just keep rolling in.
The relationship started in March 2014 and, by January last year partners and staff across the firm's 25 local
offices spread across Scotland had gathered in 13,500 for the highly regarded charity. Over the course of 2015,
DM Hall trebled that amount.
CHAS provides the only hospice services in Scotland for babies, children and young people with life-shortening
conditions. The charity supports more than 370 families and is funded mainly through the generosity of
supporters who help to raise more than 9 million each year CHAS needs to provide its vital services.
DM Hall's 250 staff have participated in a huge range of fundraising events to raise money for the charity,
including sky dives, bungee jumps, Kiltwalks, cycle races, dress down days and bakesales.