Category Archives: Charity Work

Gascoigne Halman raise money for Breast Cancer Care

Our team here at Gascoigne Halman, along with friends and family have taken part in a Family Walk at Delamere Forest, raising £105 for our chosen charity of the year – Breast Cancer Care. Following the walk, we enjoyed a delicious lunch at The Boot Inn, Willington.

 

Breast Cancer Care was founded by Betty Westgate in 1973, five years after her own diagnosis of breast cancer in 1968. The charity combines the personal experiences of people affected by breast cancer with clinical expertise to provide information and offer emotional and practical support, campaign for improvement in standards of support and care, and promote the importance of early detection.

 

Peter Higham, Director of Operations at Gascoigne Halman enjoyed the walk and said, “We are really pleased to be supporting Breast Cancer Care this year. The family walk at Delamere was a great success, and I’d like to thank everyone at Gascoigne Halman for their fantastic effort. We’re sure the money raised from the walk and our other charity events taking place this year will be put to good use at Breast Cancer Care, and it was great to see our staff along with our friends and families getting into the spirit of this event.”

 

The sponsored family walk is part of our yearlong fundraising effort to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.

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£3,000 raised for Breast Cancer Care

We are delighted to announce we have successfully raised £3000 for Breast Cancer Care during our office wide Bake Sale and Wear it Pink Day.

Our Bake Sale was a huge success; the local community was out in full force to buy delicious cakes, biscuits and brownies, showing welcome support for the fundraising. Our team were in high spirits yet again on Wear it Pink Day, decorating the offices and wearing every shade of pink whilst continuing to fundraise throughout the day.

Breast Cancer Care, which is our chosen charity for 2016, is the only UK wide charity providing care, information and support to people affected by breast cancer. They combine the personal experiences of people affected by breast cancer with clinical expertise to provide information, support and campaign for improvement in standards of care.

Our Director of Operations, Peter Higham commented, “We are very proud to be supporting Breast Cancer Care this year, and we are having a fantastic time fundraising. I’d like to thank the local community that generously donated to both events, helping us to reach a great amount of money. We all know people and families who have been affected by breast cancer and this is why the team chose this charity for our 2016 fundraising.”

Intrepid Duo walks for local hospices

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Photo caption (l-r): Leighton Snow, Manager of Cheadle Office, Abigail Biggs, Matthew Clark, and Moharram Shah from the Bramhall Office, and Peter Higham, Operations Director

The intrepid duo of Peter Higham and Leighton Snow from Gascoigne Halman, have just completed a walk from East Cheshire Hospice in Macclesfield to St Ann’s Hospice in Heald Green – a distance of approximately 15 miles, raising £2300 for these two very worthy hospices.

The pair completed the walk as the final fundraising event of 2014, which has seen the estate agency raise over £10,000 for East Cheshire, St Ann’s, and St Rocco’s Hospices.

Peter and Leighton called into Gascoigne Halman offices in Prestbury, Poynton and Bramhall along the way for refreshments and support from their colleagues, family, and friends.

These exceptionally spirited members of the Gascoigne Halman team have also been involved in many of the company’s fundraising challenges this year including a 5-a-side football match, ‘It’s a Knockout’ challenge, charity bike ride, Wilmslow Half Marathon, a duck race, a Bakethon, and a sponsored walk at Lyme Park.

Commenting on the year of fundraising, Peter Higham, Operations Director of Gascoigne Halman, said: “We’re are really pleased to have supported these local hospices throughout the year.  They do such great work and truly deserve a helping hand. Leighton and I would like to thank everyone for supporting us and for your kind donations.”

Local estate agent raises over £5000 for East Cheshire Hospice

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Photo Caption: Emma Dixon, Matron of East Cheshire Hospice, Peter Higham, Operations Director of Gascoigne Halman and John Halman, Managing Director of Gascoigne Halman, and Camilla Crockett, Corporate Fundraising Officer from East Cheshire Hospice.

Local estate agent Gascoigne Halman has raised over £5000 for the East Cheshire Hospice in a multitude of fun and challenging fundraising events throughout the year. The donation to East Cheshire Hospice is part of a larger fundraising initiative which saw Gascoigne Halman raise over £10,000 with donations also going to St Ann’s Hospice, St. Rocco’s Hospice and Blythe House.

The fundraising efforts involved staff from its 18 offices across the North West which included a charity bike ride, The Wilmslow Half Marathon, a 5-a-side football tournament, a duck race, a Bakethon, a sponsored walk at Lyme Park, as well as a ‘It’s a Knock Out’ Challenge.

Commenting on the success of the fundraising efforts, John Halman said: “We are really pleased that we have been able to support these local hospices throughout the year. These very worthwhile charities do such a great job in supporting and caring for people when they need it the most. The team has done a fantastic job in all of their fundraising efforts and I feel very proud that we have been able to raise an extremely significant amount of money!”

We also spoke to Camilla Crockett, Corporate Fundraising Officer for East Cheshire Hospice, about Gascoigne Halman’s contribution to the hospice. She said:

“We were delighted when Gascoigne Halman announced they would be supporting East Cheshire Hospice as one of their nominated charities this year. We have been so impressed with the commitment the company and all of its employees have shown to their fundraising. We hope they are all really proud of everything they have achieved, and would like to say a huge thank you.”

Local estate agent raises over £1300 for St. Rocco’s Hospice

St Rocco's Hospice cheque presentation (2)

 

Photo Caption (L-R): Bobby Shahlavi, Branch Manager for Gascoigne Halman in Lymm, Celia Renny, Staff Nurse at St Rocco’s, Sophie Birch, Staff Fundraiser at St. Rocco’s, Chris Rees, Branch Manager for Gascoigne Halman in Stockton Heath

Local estate agent Gascoigne Halman has raised over £1300 for St. Rocco’s Hospice in a multitude of fun and challenging fundraising events throughout the year. The donation to St. Rocco’s Hospice is part of a larger fundraising initiative which saw Gascoigne Halman raise over £10,000 with donations also going to St Ann’s Hospice, East Cheshire Hospice and Blythe House.

The fundraising efforts involved staff from its 18 offices across the North West which included a charity bike ride, The Wilmslow Half Marathon, a 5-a-side football tournament, a duck race, a Bakethon, a sponsored walk at Lyme Park, as well as a ‘It’s a Knock Out’ Challenge.

Commenting on the success of the fundraising efforts, John Halman said: “We are really pleased that we have been able to support these local hospices throughout the year. These very worthwhile charities do such a great job in supporting and caring for people when they need it the most. The team has done a fantastic job in all of their fundraising efforts and I feel very proud that we have been able to raise an extremely significant amount of money!”

Gascoigne Halman has supported a number of charities over the years including Children in Need, The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust, The David Lewis Centre and The Christie. Over the recent years, the estate agency has raised in excess of £50,000 for local charitable causes.

Estate agents pedal their way to £1200 for charity

Estate agents tackle Trans Pennine Trail

Photo caption (l-r): John Martin, Richard Leece, James Coppock, Nathan Fitzpatrick

Four local estate agents from Gascoigne Halman braved one of this summer’s hottest days so far, in order to complete their very own version of the Trans Pennine Trail (TPT) earlier this month. The team who were inspired by this year’s Le Tour De France managed to raise over £1200 in sponsorship. They chose four charities to receive a share of the money including local charity The East Cheshire Hospice based in Macclesfield.

Keen to complete their cycle in just one day, James Coppock and Nathan Fitzpatrick planned a condensed version of the TPT, on which they were joined by Richard Leece who acted as the official paceman and Gascoigne Halman surveyor John Martin. The 60 mile challenge began at Southport Pier, passing by all the Gascoigne Halman offices before finally finishing in Didsbury.

Despite a late start and temperatures which reached up to 29 degrees, the team made it back to Didsbury just in time for closing. James commented, “We started off a little later than we planned which meant we had added pressure to complete the TPT in just 7 hours instead of 8. From Southport beach we passed through a mix of picturesque countryside, railways and canal towpaths before reaching Manchester Ship Canal. Carrying on through the scorching heat we headed next to Stockton Heath, passing through Lymm, Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Sale Waterpark and Chorlton before screeching to the doors of the Didsbury office bang on 5:30pm, phew!

“I’m really pleased that we managed to achieve what we set out to do, we all had a fantastic day and are extremely proud to have raised such a significant amount money for East Cheshire Hospice. Our Just Giving Page is still available if anyone would like to make a donation, you can find it at: https://www.justgiving.com/James-Coppock.”

East Cheshire Hospice care for people suffering from life limiting illnesses as well as their families and carers, across Buxton, Congleton, High Legh, High Peak, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Poynton, Wilmslow and everywhere else in between. Gascoigne Halman have chosen to raise money for three local hospices this year, East Cheshire Hospice, St Ann’s Hospice and St Rocco’s Hospice.

Jobs to do for the weekend

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If, like me, you enjoy your garden, you will be a regular viewer of Monty Don’s Gardeners’ World which each week features “jobs to do for the weekend” – a timely reminder of things that demand our attention.

If you are thinking of moving this autumn, or even just wanting to ensure you are doing things which will enhance the saleability and value of your home, then here’s a list of some of the things that may require your attention, not just this weekend, but over the coming weeks.

First impressions count.  The exterior of your property is the first thing a prospective buyer sees.  Keep it neat and clean.  The front door is particularly important as it is a focal point and people tend to drive past a house before making an appointment to view.  Don’t forget to keep your windows clean.

Even if you are not in Monty Don’s league, tidy the garden.  Ensure that lawns are well trimmed and keep the gardens neat.  A tidy garden looks great viewed from a window and also looks bigger than an unkempt one. Consider planting some winter flowering bulbs now in pots – you can position them by your front door to create some colour and a warm welcome during the autumn months.

Internally, if any part of your house needs decorating badly, redecorate it if possible.  It enhances the presentation.  Tidy wardrobes and cupboards look larger and give a good impression.  If cupboards and fitted wardrobes look over crowded a buyer may feel it would be too small for their requirements.

Resolve to sort out those irritating jobs (squeaky doors, dripping taps) you have been meaning to do. If your house contains stairways it is essential that these are kept clear as any objects on them are dangerous and present a crowded appearance.

Neat bedrooms help sales.  Make sure the beds are well made and that dress and table tops are neatly arranged.  Sparkling bathrooms are essential.

If your property is on the market, fresh flowers and plants in a home can make quite a difference to its appearance.  Most importantly, light rooms are cheerful rooms to a prospective buyer.  If a room is dark, try to keep it as light as possible by drawing curtains back and using carefully positioned lamps.

Also, please remember too many introductions are distracting.  Don’t have the whole family trailing inquisitively behind.  This enables a buyer to concentrate on the house.  Noise is a distraction and it is best to turn off radios and televisions.

Whilst I am sure that your pet is very dear to you, not everybody likes them.  Avoid Fido from becoming a distraction.

Finally, never apologise for the appearance of your home.  It will only draw attention to something that would otherwise have probably gone unnoticed.

I am sure, that you, like me with Monty, will find it difficult to abide by all of the tips, but if you manage the majority, it gives you a better chance to make your successful move this autumn.

John Halman is Managing Director of Gascoigne Halman, an estate agent with eighteen offices in South Manchester and is the North West Regional Residential Spokesman for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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