Estate agent to share £25,000 with local community
Locally-based estate agent Gascoigne Halman has set up a £25,000 fund to be shared amongst organisations, charities and groups doing good work in the local community.
The fund has been set up to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary year and is being called the ‘£25k Community Challenge’.
Launched this month, the firm is inviting charities, organisations and community groups to apply for a slice of the fund, with managing director John Halman saying: “We were keen to mark our 25th anniversary in a meaningful way.”
He added: “Over the past eight years we have raised over £66,000 for a number of charities and it has become part of what we do as a business.
“Each year we focused on a different charity. However, to celebrate working in the area with so many local people for 25 years we decided to take a different approach.
“We wanted to help and support a large number of organisations and in particular we wanted to help the smaller groups working at grass roots level. And so the idea of the Gascoigne Halman ‘£25k Community Challenge’ was born.”
More information - and an application form - can be found at any Gascoigne Halman office or on their website. Applications can be made from 16th February up to 17th July 2015.
The company will announce its shortlist in September and chosen applicants will be invited to make a short presentation to the judging panel in November prior to successful applicants being announced later that month.
John adds: “We envisage making probably around 10 donations but that is in no way fixed, it’s up to organisations, charities and local groups to tell us what they need in terms of funding, why they want it and who will benefit.”
In closing, he said: “We are really excited about hearing from many local groups. We are putting together a judging panel of prominent local people who will work with us to make decisions about who is shortlisted and where the money eventually goes.”
(Photo caption: John Halman, managing director (left) and Peter Higham, operations director (right) with Gascoigne Halman staff members)