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Fantastic response to estate agent’s £25k Community Challenge

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.”JFH&PH_team_med

Intrepid Duo walks for local hospices


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


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.”

Gascoigne Halman bake a tasty sum for local hospices

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Staff from Gascoigne Halman recently turned bakers for the day in order to raise as much money as possible for their three charities of the year, East Cheshire Hospice, St Ann’s Hospice and St Rocco’s Hospice and local charity, Blythe House Hospice. The company wide Bakethon, which involved 17 of Gascoigne Halman’s offices, brought in a staggering total of £3340.55.

The Bakethon saw staff baking cakes, cookies and muffins and selling them to prospective home buyers and sellers, in fact anyone passing by their offices.

Gascoigne Halman’s first ever Bakethon took place two years ago and raised over £2,000 for The Christie and everyone is delighted that this year’s event managed to raise even more money for local hospices.

Commenting on the Bakethon, John Halman said, “Once again everyone at Gascoigne Halman has made such a fantastic effort by baking a delicious selection of home-made treats, even those who couldn’t bake got stuck in! We’ve raised a phenomenal amount and I know that the teams at all of the local hospices are thrilled with our efforts.”

The Bakethon is part of a year long fundraising effort by the staff at Gascoigne Halman to support St Ann’s Hospice, East Cheshire Hospice and St Rocco’s Hospice. All three hospices are based locally and they help care and support local individuals and their families who are affected by cancer and other life limiting illnesses.

To find out more about the three charities and how they support local people please visit their websites:




Rubber Duck Raises Money for St Rocco’s Hospice

The team at Gascoigne Halman in Lymm were delighted when they came first in the ‘corporate’ section of this year’s Lymm Duck Race, for the first time in eight years. Their ‘corporate’ duck, who also happened to be number 8, made waves when it crossed the finishing line in minutes and earned the team an impressive £250 for their local charity of choice, St Rocco’s Hospice.

The infamous Duck Race, which is organised by the Round Table, takes place every Easter Monday in the centre of Lymm village. Local businesses and members of the public buy a duck, all proceeds from which go to local causes, the ducks are then launched into the dam and then slowly bob their way to the finishing line at the Post Office. There are cash prices for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and companies can choose to sponsor either a ‘corporate’ duck or a ‘super duck’.

Manager Bobby Shahlavi added, “There’s always great excitement when it’s the Lymm Duck Race, it’s good fun every year and sees people from across the community getting involved. It was a great feeling to see number 8 cross the finish line and even better to know that our windfall would go some way in making a difference to local people’s lives.”

St Rocco’s Hospice has been providing specialist care for patients from Warrington and the surrounding areas, with cancer and other life limiting illnesses for 29 years. Their aim is not only to provide high quality care but also to promote physical, social, psychological and spiritual wellbeing for patients, supporting them, their carers and their families in a friendly, relaxed environment.

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Photo: Bobby Shahlavi went to visit St Rocco’s Hospice personally where he presented the duck race cheque to St Rocco’s complementary therapy lead, Caz Clare.

Calling all football fanatics – Gascoigne Halman needs you!

Leighton Snow from our Cheadle office is once again organising Gascoigne Halman’s annual 5 a-side football tournament on Friday 30th May in aid of St Ann’s Hospice and is calling all local organisations and businesses to get involved by putting together their own squad.

This is the second time Gascoigne Halman have sponsored this event, previously they battled it out against squads from The Cash Store, Edward Mellor and St Ann’s Hospice. In order to make things a little more interesting this time round, there will be the opportunity for teams to part in both the Champions League and the Europa Cup. Winners and runners up of each league will take home a trophy.

This year Leighton is hoping not only to lead his team to victory but also to raise even more money for St Ann’s Hospice and the incredible work they do to support people across Greater Manchester, suffering from cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Registration is from 17.30 with the first game commencing promptly at 18.00. There will be an entry fee of £80.00 per team, all of which will go towards St Ann’s Hospice.

For more information or to register your team please contact the Cheadle office on 0161 428 1118 or via email: cheadle@gascoignehalman.co.ukFurther details on the tournament can also be found at http://www.powerleague.co.uk/5-a-side/north-england/stockport

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you pitch side!

Charity football photo (2) (640x480)Leighton’s squad of 2013

Poynton’s Gascoigne Halman Office Celebrates National Location Ranking

Dan Brownhill Poynton Office


Photo Caption: Office manager, Dan Brownhill, stands proudly outside Poynton’s Gascoigne Halman office

The team at Gascoigne Halman’s Poynton office is pleased to hear that Poynton has been revealed as the 7th best place to live in England and Wales.

The recent survey has analysed the key characteristics of each location, including crime rates, average salary of residents and average property prices and has concluded that Poynton is the best place to bring up a family in the whole of the North West.

Poynton’s Gascoigne Halman manager and proud Poynton resident, Dan Brownhill, says that he is not surprised at the result, stating that, “There’s a great community feel here. Everyone knows one another so crime is rarely a problem and we have some great schools in the area. We are close to the motorways but also have the countryside right on our doorstep. There’s just a real ‘feel good factor’ about the place.”

Poynton has recently seen renovations to its village centre, becoming more pedestrian friendly and new shops including a Waitrose and Costa Coffee opening. The village, however, still boasts a rich history. Its coalmining roots are remembered with cottages originally built for miners still standing.

Poynton’s properties are largely varied. According to Dan Brownhill, “There is a real mix of properties, both old and new, ranging anywhere from £150,000 to £1 million in value. Even though times are still tough financially, houses in Poynton are always in demand, most likely because there still is affordable housing along with the pricier properties. With last year’s top ten leaving out the North West altogether, the result is a great one for Poynton.”

Estate agent zips it for charity

Didsbury estate agent, Markus Jolleys of Gascoigne Halman, took to the air on a zip wire once again last weekend, when he zipped 250 metres across Manchester’s iconic Ship Canal in aid of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

MJ Zip Wire

The daring feat saw Markus jump off the Air Shard at the Imperial War Museum, which is almost 100 feet high, zip across the Manchester Ship Canal and land right in front of the Lowry. The zip wire formed part of Markus’ year long campaign for Royal Manchester’s Children Hospital and raised over £100 for the charity. 

Commenting, Markus said, “Even though I’ve done a zip wire once before, I could feel that familiar feeling in the pit of my stomach and my legs turn to jelly as I looked down to observe the ground below. However, when you see the amazing views across Manchester and Media City you soon forgot about it – it’s such an exhilarating experience.”

Markus is also continuing to support local children’s hospice, Francis House, and is due to participate in their Festival of Christmas trees next month. The Festival of Christmas, which is being held at the Lowry Outlet Mall, will see over 40 decorated trees on display with a chance to bid for your favourite.

For more information on buying or selling your home, contact Markus at the Didsbury office of Gascoigne Halman on 0161 445 7474, or visit www.gascoignehalman.co.uk

Gascoigne Halman Sale to raffle off Doll’s house for Wythenshawe hospital’s Starlight Children’s Unit

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A stunning mock Victorian detached doll’s house is being raffled off with the help of local estate agent, Gascoigne Halman, to raise funds for the Starlight Children’s Unit at Wythenshawe hospital (University Hospital of South Manchester).

The Starlight Children’s Unit cares for children from birth to 16 years and provides a comprehensive outpatient and inpatient service, including a high dependency facility for very poorly children.

The team at Gascoigne Halman in Sale organised the raffle, as part of their year-long fundraising efforts for the Children’s Unit, which was nominated as their chosen charity for 2013.

Raffle tickets can be purchased for £2.00 a strip from Gascoigne Halman’s Sale branch; Wythenshawe hospital’s Fundraising Office; and the Starlight Children’s Unit (also at the hospital).

The raffle draw will take place at 2.00pm, Friday 16 August 2013 outside the Sale branch of Gascoigne Halman on School Road and managing director John Halman will be in charge of drawing the lucky winner.

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Pictor pupils pitch in with Gascoigne Halman’s charity cake sale

Kids at Pictor

The team at local estate agent, Gascoigne Halman in Altrincham, recently donned their aprons and held a charity cake sale in aid of Pictor School, Timperley. The estate agent’s staff were aided in their baking efforts by pupils from the school who produced their own goodies to add to the delicious selection of home-baked cakes and biscuits.

Pictor School is a Community Special School, catering for the special educational needs of children aged 2 – 11. Some of the pupils have conditions which mean they struggle to interact with others, whilst others have language disorders, developmental delays or physical difficulties. Many of these children are reliant upon the school’s sensory room for stimulation, stress management or educational purposes and the funds raised by Gascoigne Halman will go towards updating this invaluable resource.

The team set out their expertly decorated stall on Altrincham’s busy George Street, where they sold their home-baked goodies to passing shoppers in the town centre.  Supported by parents and staff from Pictor School who brought along cakes baked and decorated by pupils, the team managed to raise a tasty sum of £502.10 for the school.

The cake sale is part of a year-long fundraising effort by the staff at Gascoigne Halman in Altrincham who have nominated Pictor School as their chosen charity for 2013. The team plan to get involved in further fundraising at the Pictor School summer fête and a few intrepid members of staff are currently in training for the Cheshire Half Marathon which will be held at Arley Hall on Sunday 21st July.

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