The estate agency world has a lot to look forward to this year as Agents Giving confirms the fundraising events it has planned.
Flagship events include a golf day, a gala ball, a ‘soapbox challenge’ and a dedicated ‘Agents Giving Day’ on which agents will be encouraged to down tools and spend up to 24 hours on concentrated fundraising.
The first major event lined up is the annual Golf Day on May 14 at De Vere Wychwood Park in Weston near Crewe.
As well as 18 holes of golf, the day will involve a dinner and charity auction. There will also be competitions such as ‘longest drive’, ‘best dressed’ and ‘beat the pro’ for which prizes will be awarded. Last September’s Golf Day raised £4,500 for good causes and the charity is hoping to raise even more this time.
An innovative event is the Great British Property Paddle in June. This is the brainchild of Andrew Trantum who will be covering over 326 miles in 25 days by kayak and is calling on other agents to join him for a leg of the journey. The idea is that everyone should aim to raise as much money in sponsorship as possible for causes supported by Agents Giving.
For agents who prefer land to water, the Great British Property Cycle is coming up in August and is set to be bigger and better than ever before. The plan is for a team led by Agents Giving chairman Peter Knight to cycle between 100 hospices over 14 days: the hospices will be nominated by those agents who commit to leading the fundraising effort.
The Agents Giving ball in September will be a chance to celebrate the great fundraising efforts of agents and the property industry across the UK throughout the year.
Last year’s first-ever industry ball was a great success and raised £20,000. Once again the event will take place at The Marriott Grosvenor Square in London and will include a sumptuous three-course dinner.
Knight said: “We are increasing efforts this year to get more people involved in the charity and to raise more money than ever.
“The events are so varied there will undoubtedly be something that suits everyone.
“We are all very proud of the efforts of Agents Giving supporters last year but it would be great to raise even more money, and have even more fun, in 2015.”