A golf day supported by agents and industry suppliers has raised over £20,000 for a new charity, the Luke Samples Foundation.
Luke, the teenage son of Brief Your Market managing director Gareth Samples, was killed in a car accident last year.
The new Foundation will support BRAKE charity and will focus on a new initiative to go into schools and colleges to talk to 16 to 18-year-olds about the devastation that parents and families feel when they lose someone in a crash.
Gareth Samples said he was overwhelmed by the response at the golf day.
He said: “I feel it is a credit to the estate agency fraternity. Their warmth and generosity was simply outstanding.
“We will always be very grateful for the support we have received over the last 12 months from everyone in the industry.
Samples said that his wife Angie will be the one going into schools to deliver talks, which will be aimed at teenagers just starting to learn to drive.
He said: “This is something that she personally wants to do. One of the things we have learned is that the adult brain does not fully develop a risk perspective until the age of 25 – so teenagers’ awareness and attitude to risk is not that of a mature driver. They think they are indestructible – unfortunately they are not.”
He said he hopes the golf day will become an annual event, with Luke’s brothers Jack – Luke’s twin – and Matthew helping to run and organise the event in memory of their brother.
This year’s inaugural event was organised by Brief Your Market founder Rick Palmer and his wife Mandy.
Those who supported the event included David Newnes and his old LSL team, Jon Cooke and the Guild, Nick Lyons from No Letting Go, Mark Manning from Manning Stainton, Simon Whale of Reapit, Eric Walker of Northwood and Jamie Cooke and Ben Ridgeway of iamSold.
Pictured below left to right at the golf day are Gareth Samples, wife Angie, sons Jack and Matt and Gareth’s brother Jon
There is a Just Giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lukesamples