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publication date: May 8, 2012
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Belvoir raises over £16,000 for Macmillan
Belvoir has smashed its one-year charity fundraising challenge and raised over £16,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Belvoir MD, Dorian Gonsalves says, “I am very proud that Belvoir franchise owners have achieved so much in the past year. This was the first time that Belvoir had aligned itself with a national charity and the campaign launched with a Go Green Day on 1st February, 2011.

“Our initial target was to raise £10,000 for Macmillan, but this was achieved in just seven months. Macmillan is an amazing charity, and provides so much help and community support to cancer victims, carers, families and friends.

“As well as helping Macmillan we wanted to involve Belvoir franchise owners in a campaign that would really unite the group and give us a common goal to work towards. I am delighted that Belvoir franchise owners and staff rose to the challenge.

“Ellie Wallis from the franchise support team at Central Office and Reena Patel, our marketing manager deserve huge thanks and recognition for all the work they have done in coordinating the project. The campaign was so successful that the Belvoir group has decided to continue its alignment with Macmillan and our plans for 2012 will be announced in the near future.”

Gemma Shaw, fundraising manager at Macmillan said, “I am overwhelmed at the fantastic amount of money raised by Belvoir Lettings. From bike rides to golf days, from Go Green Days to sky dives – you really have surpassed yourselves.

“This huge amount of money will truly make a difference to those people who hear the words, ‘I’m sorry, you
have cancer’.”

A cheque for the Air Ambulance
Matthew Davis and David Tate, Joint Managing Directors of Davis Tate visited the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance in Benson to present a cheque to the Air Ambulance for £500 to the organisation in contribution to their outstanding work.

This donation was made in place of sending out Christmas cards in 2011, with the company having decided that in this age of electronic media, it would be better to send out an e-card and support a local charity instead.

The Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust is a charity funded by the people of Thames Valley. The Air Ambulance started operating from White Waltham airfield in June 1999 and moved to RAF Benson in January 2007. 

The yellow and red helicopter carries life saving equipment and is crewed by a pilot and two paramedics. It can transport patients at speed to one of several hospitals in the area with landing facilities, or to a specialist hospital if required, and can also take emergency doctors to the patient at the scene. The paramedics are provided by the NHS; all other costs must be funded by the Trust so the Air Ambulance relies heavily on donations.

Comptons in the communitysupport
Market Deeping-based Comptons donates money for every house they sell, giving between £100 and £200 to charity for each sale as part of the Comptons Charitable Fund.

The charitable fund was launched in September and has 60 members across Market Deeping and the surrounding area, including sporting groups such as Deeping Rugby Union Football Club, charities including Shine, Peterborough Streets,and community groups like Deepings Community Trust.

People selling through Comptons pick which group they would like to give a grant of £100 to.
Becky Compton said, “People really want to support their local community and our charitable fund provides something which directly benefits it.”

New set of wheels for Nomads
Efforts by HomeLet employees have enabled Lincoln-based charity, The Nomad Trust, to buy a much-needed mini bus for its service users.

HomeLet organised a number of fundraising events and the new mini bus was collected in January by The Nomad Trust’s Group Service Manager, Brenda Shiels, along with members of HomeLet’s charity committee, from PC Coaches, Lincoln and will now be used for the charity’s service for journeys such as to job interviews, as a vital component in helping them get their lives back to normal.

Brenda said, “The benefits the minibus will offer to our services users are invaluable. I cannot thank HomeLet’s employees enough for raising enough money for the minibus – what a fantastic effort by everyone. Having the vehicle will help us no end and really benefit our service users who need support to regain their independence.”
Heidi Abbott, HomeLet’s Director of Business Development, said, “In April we committed to support The Nomad Trust for three years, and we’re delighted that our fundraising efforts are already making such a positive difference to the charity.

“Buying the van inspired our staff to raise even more cash than this year, and they’ve planned more events so we can help this worthwhile – and local – cause.”

Mission made possible by marathon runner
A Horley estate agent who ran the New York Marathon for Surrey Air Ambulance has raised enough sponsorship to fund a potentially life-saving mission.

White & Sons partner Simon Watkins, 61, was spurred on by wife Gail and son Oliver to completed the run in 4hrs, 22mins.

He clocked a further 500 miles in three-and-a-half months in preparation for the marathon last November. Simon said, “The atmosphere was just incredible as there was a million-and-a-half people in the crowd shouting and screaming as we went through Manhattan.

“I wanted to break four hours and was on target until 21 miles but I was on my knees for the last five. Every thirty seconds we had to move out of the way for an ambulance to come and pick up runners. It was like a battlefield.” Simon raised £2,448 for Surrey Air Ambulance and presented his cheque to Pilot Pete Driver, Dr Mark Salmon and critical care paramedic Adam Heywood at the helicopter base.

Sheffield agents raise £1,000
Staff at Sheffield-based estate agents Haybrook raised almost £1,000 for children’s hospices pedalling non-stop for 24 hours on an exercise bike at their branch in Woodseats.

A team of managers, negotiators and administrators took turns on the exercise bike in the office on Chesterfield Road, one of fourteen Haybrook branches across Sheffield and South Yorkshire, starting at 11am on the Wednesday and finishing at 11am on the Thursday.

Cheered on by family, friends and staff throughout the whole 24 hours, the staff from the Banner Cross and Woodseats raised an impressive £940 for the company’s charity Magic Moments, which support’s Children Hospice’s around the UK.

Says Rachel Frost, Negotiator at Haybrook Banner Cross, “Although most of us couldn’t walk after we’d finished, it was all it worth given the cause – raising money to support Magic Moments helping children’s hospices such as Bluebell Wood in Sheffield.”

Staff across Haybrook are planning a series of weird and wacky fundraising events throughout 2012 in an effort to raise up to £10,000 for Magic Moments.

Sequence supports CLIC Sargent
Sequence UK has raised £13,849 for CLIC Sargent, a charity for children and young people with cancer and their families.

Staff took part in fundraising events including gruelling challenges like triathlons, the Paris Marathon and 100-mile cycle rides, cake sales, Christmas events, raffles and tombolas.

Presenting the cheque to CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Claire Shovelton, Sequence CEO, David Plumtree, said, “We are delighted to have been supporting CLIC Sargent for over 10 years. It is pleasing to see staff continuing to get involved in fundraising events to raise money and awareness for this very worthy cause, which relies solely on voluntary donations. We look forward to continuing to support CLIC Sargent in the future.”

Since 2001 Sequence UK has raised over £340,000 for CLIC Sargent and there are plans for the estate agency group to raise further funds and awareness in 2012.

Claire Shovelton commented, “I would like to say an enormous thank you to Sequence UK employees for their continued support. We rely on the generosity of local businesses, individuals and families to continue our work supporting the 10 families that everyday are told that their child has cancer. This donation of over £13,800 will really help to make a difference.”