Monthly Archives: April 2013

Local schoolboy answers Fabrice Muamba’s call for runners

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Photo caption: Tim, Andrew and Angie Jackson

Local schoolboy, Andrew Jackson (17), has answered Fabrice Muamba’s call for runners in this year’s Great Manchester Run and is on course to raise over £2,000 for one of Fabrice’s favourite charities, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

Andrew has a very personal reason for running for CRY. A keen sportsman, he collapsed last year during a hockey match. Andrew was out cold for 45 minutes and was rushed to hospital. He was initially diagnosed with long QT syndrome, a similar condition suffered by Fabrice. This diagnosis meant having a pacemaker fitted and a cessation to his sporting aspirations.

He picks up the story, “On the day I was meant to have the pacemaker fitted CRY stepped in. They had heard about my case and were concerned that I had been misdiagnosed. The charity sent me to London to for a consultation with Professor Sanjay Sharma, a consultant cardiologist and consultant to CRY’s board of directors. He was also cardiac consultant for the London Olympics – pretty impressive!

“Professor Sharma gave me a thorough consultation and confirmed the misdiagnosis – effectively giving me back my sporting life. It’s for this reason that I wanted to raise awareness (and money) for this amazing charity.

“It’s also worth noting that CRY do free cardiac screenings in schools to pick up possible heart conditions early, preventing sudden deaths in young people. They also help people recover from cardiac events and help those families who have lost somebody through a sudden cardiac event through counselling and other personal clinics.”

Andrew, attends Cheadle Hulme School and lives in Over Peover with his parents, Tim Jackson of Gascoigne Halman in Alderley Edge and Angie Jackson, owner of Physiofit in Alderley.

Commenting on Andrew’s fundraising, Tim said, “Angie and I are immensely proud of what Andy is doing, especially as it’s been his own initiative. He’s raised almost £2,000 already. The teams at PhysioFit and Gascoigne Halman are all doing their bit and pledging donations and we thank them for this.”

Anyone wishing to support Andrew should visit For further information on CRY please visit or

Tough at the Top!

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The life of an estate agency branch manager is never dull but frequently challenging, not least because there is normally an expectation that the manager must be responsible not only for the staff’s performance but also for contributing to the branch figures by personally producing an acceptable number of sales and/or instructions. In reality, many managers in our industry are doing two jobs while being paid for one especially in a climate where many estate agency teams have reduced in size in certain parts of the country.


There is a high degree of difficulty in stepping up to management, largely due to the lack of support and guidance provided in how to fulfil the new role. It was without doubt the trickiest transition in my career. Literally thrown in “at the deep end” as a manager in 1987, somehow, more by luck than judgement, I ultimately swam rather than…

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Incredible Detached Didsbury Home


Gascoigne Halman are delighted to present to you the opportunity to rent this simply beautiful detached home in a fantastic Didsbury location. Completely refurbished from top to bottom, the spacious property boasts quality fixtures and fittings throughout, including oak wooden flooring, plush carpeting, marble tiles and granite work surfaces.

Perhaps as impressive as the standard of the accommodation on offer is the amount of it. Extended and converted, the property benefits from ample living space and four stroke five comfortable double bedrooms – there should be no shortage of space for any family. Equally to the exterior, there is a driveway providing off-road parking for several cars, and an enclosed rear garden laid to both lawn and flag – ideal for the upcoming Summer!

The luxury accommodation is available to rent immediately for £1,500pcm. For more information or to arrange an appointment to view this property, please contact Lettings Manager Anthony Leach…

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Gascoigne Halman welcomes Government’s Help to Buy Scheme

John Halman

Local independent estate agent, Gascoigne Halman, has welcomed the Chancellor, George Osborne’s, new homebuying scheme called ‘Help to Buy’, announced in last months’ budget. The Chancellor said that the plan was “a new offer to the aspiration nation” as it will help families and individuals struggling to find a deposit for a home.

The scheme has two parts. The first, available from April 1st, offers buyers the opportunity to take an interest free loan from the government. It is available to any buyer of new property with a maximum purchase price of £600,000. This is an expansion of the FirstBuy shared equity scheme. The borrower will need a 5% deposit with the government lending up to 20%, interest free. The remaining 75% will come from mortgage lenders. The government is making £130bn available for this part of the scheme.

Commenting, John Halman said, “The great thing about this part of the new scheme is that it’s immediately available plus it’s not restricted to first-time buyers. Families, for example, who find themselves shackled by a home which is too small for their needs but who have been struggling to find an affordable new mortgage can finally get moving, as long as they aspire to a new home. What’s more, anyone can benefit – there is no salary cap.”

The second part of ‘Help to Buy’, which sees the government acting as guarantor for some of the borrower’s debt, is available from January 2014 and is open to all buyers of new build and existing homes. It replaces and extends the NewBuy scheme where currently the mortgage guarantee is co-funded jointly by the government and developers. Under ‘Help to Buy’, the mortgage indemnity will be provided solely by the government.

Borrowers will need a 5% to 20% deposit, meaning they will be able to borrow up to a 95% loan to value mortgage. The government guarantee will cover the remaining amount above 80% loan to value. The maximum purchase price will again be £600,000.

Commenting on this part of the scheme, John said, “The final details of this second part of the scheme have yet to be finalised but from the information we have you can see that the mortgage underwriting scheme will provide much needed help for the second hand market.

“I would predict that by this time next year we will be seeing real improvements in the market. Government schemes have focused on first time buyers and new build properties but with this we will have an initiative that also offers help to those looking to purchase an existing house.”

Both parts of the scheme will run from three years.

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