Es­tate agent’s £25k fund­ing for com­mu­nity

Wilmslow Express - - BUSINESS -

AN ES­TATE agent has set up a £25,000 fund to share with the com­mu­nity.

Gas­coigne Hal­man, which has of­fices in Wilm­slow, Alder­ley Edge and else­where, is shar­ing the fund with or­gan­i­sa­tions, char­i­ties and groups do­ing good work in the com­mu­nity.

The fund has been set up to cel­e­brate the company’s 25th an­niver­sary this year.

The es­tate agent is call­ing the scheme the ‘£25k Com­mu­nity Chal­lenge’ and is invit­ing groups to ap­ply for a slice of the fund.

John Hal­man, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, said: “We were keen to mark our 25th an­niver­sary in a mean­ing­ful way.

“Over the past eight years we have raised more than £66,000 for a num­ber of char­i­ties and it has be­come part of what we do as a business.

“Each year we fo­cused on a dif­fer­ent char­ity.

“How­ever, to cel­e­brate work­ing in the area with so many lo­cal peo­ple for 25 years, we de­cided to take a dif­fer­ent ap­proach.

“We wanted to help and support a large num­ber of or­gan­i­sa­tions and in par­tic­u­lar wanted to help the smaller groups work­ing at grass roots level.

“We en­vis­age mak­ing prob­a­bly around 10 do­na­tions but that is in no way fixed. It’s up to or­gan­i­sa­tions, char­i­ties and lo­cal groups to tell us what they need in terms of fund­ing, why they want it and who will ben­e­fit.”

The company will an­nounce a short­list in Septem­ber and those ap­pli­cants can make a short pre­sen­ta­tion to the judg­ing panel in Novem­ber be­fore the suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants are an­nounced later that month.

John said: “We are putting to­gether a judg­ing panel of prom­i­nent lo­cal peo­ple who will work with us to make de­ci­sions about who is short­listed and where the money even­tu­ally goes.

“I would urge lo­cal groups, no mat­ter how large or small, to get in touch.”

More in­for­ma­tion and an ap­pli­ca­tion form can be found at any Gas­coigne Hal­man of­fice or on the web­site.

Ap­pli­ca­tions can be made on­line from Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 16 to Fri­day, July 17.

‘We wanted to help the smaller groups’

John Hal­man, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor (left) and Peter Higham, op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor (right) launch the £25,000 Com­mu­nity Chal­lenge fund with staff mem­bers at Gas­coigne Hal­man in Wilm­slow

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