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Agents do Charity ? as June approaches

Thu 26 May 2016

As we approach another Bank Holiday weekend, estate and letting agents across the country have again been
raising thousands of pounds for charity this week. We're always delighted to share news of your fundraising
exploits so if you've got a good news story please get in touch on:press@estateagenttoday.co.uk.Here';;s a
round-up of the great work carried out by this week's everyday heroes:Featherbank School: Yorkshire agency
Manning Stainton has been working hard in the community and has this week sponsored a new writing and
literacy shed at a local school.Reception pupils at Featherbank School in Horsforth are enjoying their new
learning refuge, which has been described as an Aladdin's cave of reading and writing equipment'."We have had
this on our wish-list for a while now and thanks to the generous donation made by Manning Stainton it has
become a reality," says the school's Reception teacher, Gail Gunn.Sarah Joseph, manager of the firm's Horsforth
branch, adds: "It gives us a real sense of pride to be able to support the school in this way.""The fact that the
writing shed encourages children to learn and have fun at the same time makes it extra special and we are
thrilled to have been able to help."Manning Stainton has donated in excess of 65,000 to over 100 good causes
in the last year.-Hope for Children: Online estate agent eMoov has announced a new partnership with Hope for
Children, a charity dedicated to helping children in both the UK and overseas.Over the course of the year, Russell
Quirk's firm plans to raise 50,000 for the charity and has a long line of events planned to make it happen.It's
kicking off with a 10k charity run in London on May 30, when nine members of the eMoov team will be donning
their running shoes for the good cause.The agency has also updated its online checkout so customers can
choose to donate 10 of their fee to Hope for Children."As a father of four, I like all parents find the plight of
disadvantaged children something that really hits home, regardless of their location," says Quirk, eMoov's
founder and chief executive."I have an outstanding team and I know that together, we go above and beyond to
help Hope for Children in their mission. I ask you to join us in our mission and to give what you can, no matter
how small."CEO of Hope for Children, Murielle Maupoint, adds: "We are delighted to be partnering with eMoov to
help further our programmes in the UK.""They are just as passionate as we are about making a difference to
children's lives and this will give us a platform to develop our activities such as the provision of household
essentials for economically vulnerable families."-Housing for Women: Earlier this month, estate agents from
across London took part in the annual Estate Agents 10k to raise money for the charity based in Brixton which
houses and supports vulnerable women and their children in the capital.This is the third year that Housing for
Women has organised this event, with many new agencies taking part this year.Participants included estate
agents from Currell, Fine and Country, Marsh and Parsons, Chelsea Square, Winkworth, Stirling Ackroyd and
Hamways.All together the teams raised a whopping 11,200.With this money, Housing for Women will be able to
continue to provide accommodation and support for women and their children who have fled domestic violence,
have been trafficked for exploitation, and those leaving prison who wish to be reunited with their children."Not
only is Housing for Women a very worthy cause to run for, it focuses a group of unfit Estate Agents to get out into
the fresh air and do something healthy for a change. A win, win situation for everyone," says one of the
participants, Ray Jacobs from Chelsea Square."We enjoyed it so much that we created a running club to train for
the 10k, which is now a permanent fixture in our week.""We strongly encourage any agents who are thinking
about participating next year to take the plunge. You will be raising funds for a great charity and may get fit along
the way."The Christie NHS Foundation Trust: Last week, Manchester estate agency Sanderson James handed
over a cheque for 9,000 to the facility which brings relief to thousands of cancer patients each year.The money
raised by Sanderson James is an accumulation of several fundraising events over the course of the year so
far.The agency's managing director, Dean Sanderson, owes his life to the incredible work of The Christie's
Teenage and Young Adult Unit, which treated his cancer as a child and has helped him remain free of illness for
over thirty years.In October last year Sanderson James held a spectacular charity ball at the Lowry in aid of the
hospital.A glamorous dinner and evening of entertainment was marked by a charity auction offering signed sports
memorabilia, professional photoshoots and casino experiences.Sanderson James' team members also turned
their hand to a charity car wash in aid of The Christie and five of the agency's bravest staff members have even
jumped out of a plane in aid of the charity's fantastic work.Dean Sanderson has set up his own website to tell his
story and explain the essential care and relief that the hospital brings to so many cancer sufferers in the
Manchester area on a regular basis.You can access the website here: www.deansanderson4christies.co.uk.-The
Phoenix Centre for Autism at Cage Green Primary School: An excited group of students from the primary school
in Tonbridge had a taste of professional life in their local high street thanks to a visit to estate agent Robinson
Jackson.The children were welcomed to the office by operations director Tony Robinson, branch partner Spencer
Humble and the rest of the Tonbridge team.During the visit the children took a tour of the office, got to sit around
the boardroom table and even conducted their very own creative session' on the company's supersized
whiteboard.The students travelled from their school to the office in a Variety Club Sunshine Coach donated last
year by the Robinson family."Seeing the Sunshine Coach pull up outside our Tonbridge office was a heart
warming moment. My father Alan Robinson, our family and the wider Robinson Jackson Group have supported
the Variety Club Sunshine Coach initiative for over 25 years donating at least one coach to a local special
needs school during every one of those years," says Tony Robinson."The students were impeccably behaved and
it was a joy to have them in our office.""The school aims to get the students out and about in the coach as much
as possible - we all thought a trip to Tonbridge High Street and our branch would be good fun."Mrs Beggs, Cage
Green's Special Educational Needs and Phoenix Centre Leader, adds: "Many of our students can be sensitive to
a change in routine and environment, so we worked for two days prior to our visit to prepare the group.""This
involved showing them pictures of the office and explaining what might happen during their time away from the
classroom."One of the most enjoyable aspects of the day was a creative session on Robinson Jackson's
supersized whiteboard, which gave the students the chance to express themselves and have fun."The icing on
the cake was a handprint montage created by the students," says Robinson. "It looks so great that we're having it
made into a permanent work of art for our office."

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