Local estate agent Gascoigne Halman has received an overwhelming response to their £25k Community Challenge, which will see the company supporting local community organisations. Entries for the challenge, which opened in February this year, closed on 17th July.
The fund was set up to celebrate the company’s 25th Anniversary this year. Since launching, Gascoigne Halman has been urging local charities, organisations and community help groups to apply for a slice of the fund.
There has been an overwhelming response with 188 entries received across the company’s 18 offices in South Manchester, North Cheshire and the High Peak. The £25,000 fund is to be shared out amongst organisations, charities and groups doing good work in the local community.
Gascoigne Halman has assembled a stellar judging panel who will convene over the summer before announcing their shortlist in September. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to make a short presentation to the judging panel in November prior to the final successful applicants being announced later that month
Joining John Halman, managing director of Gascoigne Halman, on the judging panel will be the Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs M.B.E, K. St. J who will chair the panel. Dame Sarah Storey, cyclist with the Great Britain team and former international swimmer with 28 World Championship titles and 11 Paralympic Gold medals to her name is also on the panel. Last, but by very no means least, is much-loved breakfast television presenter, Louise Minchin.
John Halman commented, “We are delighted to have received so many entries. It is heart-warming to read about the fantastic work being done, and planned for the future, by so many local organisations. Along with my fellow judges I am really looking forward to September’s judging day.”