Transmit the law: It was a back-to-school case for Convey Law IT director Joe Norris when he returned to his old school in Pontypool, South Wales, to donate 40 much-needed laptops . Norris, who attended RC School in St Alban, was delighted to meet children and some of his former teachers when he returned to donate the refurbished Chromebooks to help develop learning at school .
“It was great to be back and meet some of my former teachers, Principal Stephen Lord and a number of current teachers and students,” he said.
“We must continually update our equipment at Convey Law due to the nature of our business as an online conveyancing practice. We wanted to donate some of the Chromebooks that our staff use, which are still in excellent condition, to a place that would really benefit.
He added: “We already had a connection with the school and approached them to offer the Chromebooks which we wiped down and cleaned ready for the students to use. I was delighted to accompany them and give them officially in the name of Convey Law.
Director Stephen Lord said: “We are truly grateful for this generous donation. We will be sharing these Chromebooks with some of our most vulnerable students to help them access their studies and I know they will make a real difference and benefit them greatly. »
Lloyd Davies, Managing Director of Convey Law, said: “We are always keen to ensure IT equipment is recycled where it can be to help our local communities. We have previously donated laptops to a youth center in South Wales, so this is our second recent donation.
“I am delighted that they will be used by students who really need them to help their education.”
Earlier this year The Conveyancing Foundation, the non-profit charitable arm of the Convey Group, helped raise £25,000 for a new health and wellbeing suite at St Alban’s after a group hike by the ‘Mindstep Trekkers’ along Offa’s Dyke National Trail.
The Guild of Real Estate Professionals: The charity was recognized at the recent Agents Giving Charity Ball as one of the organization’s largest fundraising partners for the grant fund program.
Iain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild and Board Member of Agents Giving, said: “Agents Giving is an organization that has done so much for the industry and providers, helping to support fundraising efforts that will ultimately a positive impact on local communities. We are very proud of our association and the relationship we have with Agents Giving, and we are happy that The Guild can help them support the sector. »
McKenzie said that in 2020 the Guild has pledged to donate £50 to Agents Giving for each successful referral.
“We wanted to use the size of The Guild network to make a difference and support charitable causes that will improve people’s lives,” he explained.
“With a network of around 800 independent real estate agencies, the potential financial gain could be significant. Initially we were motivated by the financial impact the pandemic was having on charities and their growing need for additional support, however, with inflation and the cost of living now an issue, many charities are struggling and need help to keep doing the work they do. We hope our contributions to Agents Giving will help more agents reach their fundraising goals for those who need it most.
He added that the Guild is currently working on an automated referral system that will increase the number of referrals within the network, which in turn will increase contributions to Agents Giving.
McKenzie says about 25% of leads convert to instructions, 50% of which are completed. “The automated referral system will generate additional business for our network, while simultaneously supporting Agents Giving. The more referrals completed, the more we can contribute financially. »
David Newnes, President of Agents Giving, sent a “huge heartfelt thank you” to the Guild and its members for their continued support of Agents Giving.
“Your donations will mean we can continue to support industries’ fundraising efforts through the Agents Giving Grand fund, ensuring that more of the money raised goes directly to even more UK charities nationally. , regional, local and community, especially during this difficult time when so many charities need extra support.
Keepmoat houses: Bluewater Shopping Center in Dartford, Kent, is working with the Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund on the charity’s ‘A Star for a Star’ campaign – sponsored by Keepmoat Homes – to help raise awareness and encourage local businesses to get involved.
The initiative, which launched last week, allows local businesses to sponsor a star that will be displayed in a public exhibition in Bluewater between August 28 and October 2.
Each star, which will name a young person supported by the charity, represents the bravery and strength of children battling cancer in the UK, with Bluewater guests able to visit the exhibition and hear the stories of children battling cancer cancer with the help of Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund.
The homebuilder, whose Cable Wharf riverside development is close to Bluewater, has become the first company to support the charity and will be the campaign’s official sponsor.
James Waugh, Center Director of Bluewater, said, “We are honored to host this exhibition for such a worthy cause here at Bluewater and it is great to be able to support such an admirable charity as the Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund.
Vicky Nash, Family Support Manager at the Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund, added: “When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the financial cost to a family is immense; we help these families by providing vital care and crisis grants.
“Bluewater gave us the opportunity to showcase our amazing work. Raising awareness about this terrible disease by approaching local businesses and asking them to sponsor a star will help us raise these vital funds and continue to support these incredibly brave children and their families during this time of emotional devastation and financial hardship. Many thanks to Keepmoat Homes for opening this campaign and sponsoring the first star.
Mick O’Farrell, Regional General Manager of Keepmoat Homes, said: “We are extremely proud to be working with the Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund and Bluewater on such a fantastic initiative. The Star for a Star campaign is a fantastic way for businesses to get involved and show their support for families undergoing life-saving treatment.
He added: ‘We hope The Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund will raise a huge amount to help support the incredible work they do with young people and their families – the children affected are the real stars here.’