South Wales property auctioneer Paul Fosh has become the first agent in the country to benefit from the Rightmove Fund, an initiative set up to help cover the start-up costs of charity events and maximise the amount that can then be donated to good causes.
Fosh is preparing to take part in an Arctic ultra-marathon next March, hoping to raise £15,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The Rightmove fund is providing him with the hi-tech specialised sled needed to take part in the challenge which will involve 25 people covering between 120 and 350 miles in temperatures of around minus 30.
Fosh said: “I am grateful that Rightmove are funding the sled and would encourage other agents who are planning for or thinking of charity events to apply for help using the fund.”
Since the Rightmove Fund launched, agents from around the country have applied for financial help for the set-up costs for various events, from cycling challenges and marathons to sky dives and football tournaments.
The aim of the fund is to help more events to get off the ground, giving more agents and developers the confidence to think bigger with their fundraising targets, and raise millions more for charity as well as boosting local and industry reputation.
The Rightmove Fund is being administered by Agents Giving, the industry charity for estate and lettings agents and their suppliers. Leading industry and professional bodies, the NAEA, ARLA and Home Builders Federation (HBF), are aiding the decision-making process.
Any agents or developers interested in applying can fill in an online form at:
Miles Shipside of Rightmove says: “The industry doesn’t always get the credit it deserves for all the charity efforts it undertakes, so it’s great for us to be able to encourage and support fundraising in a tangible way, through working with Agents Giving and the Home Builders Federation.
“We hope the £100,000 Rightmove Fund stimulates even more fundraising and gives more and the most active charitable agents a further spur to give and gain pleasure, and further enhance their local good name.
“Success will look like millions more being raised to help more agents and developers help improve more people’s lives, and help everyone enjoy the fruits of the industry’s excellent efforts.
“Hopefully this Rightmove £100,000 set-up cost fund gives the platform for that to be the outcome.”