Adrenaline-filled thrills and spills face Yorkshire estate agency’s charity fund-raisers

Pictured are Callum Collbeck, Pawel Ziemak, Freddie Purdy, Adam Hughes and Josh Boocock

Thrills and spills at the double will face staff from a Yorkshire estate agency as they embark on a year of fund-raising challenges in aid of the region’s leading children’s and young people’s hospice. 

Linley & Simpson, which operates 21 branches across Yorkshire and The Humber, is marking its own 25th anniversary by aiming to raise £25,000 for Martin House, based at Boston Spa. 

The thrills will come as part of a 50ft abseil down the iconic Cow and Calf rocks at Ilkley Moor. 

Taking the adrenaline-filled plunge on June 18 will be a duo of daredevils – Leah Nanji, Acquisitions Project Manager, and Jacqueline Kilpatrick, Head of Acquisitions. 

And the spills are courtesy of the Total Warrior challenge at Bramham Park, near Wetherby, the following week when no fewer than 40 colleagues will face 25 punishing obstacles, 10 tons of ice and 100 tons of mud over a 12k course. They hope to raise £4,000 between them for the hospice. 

As part of its “25 in 25” challenge, the Linley & Simpson team is also repeating the Mini convoy it staged a few years ago, when the company’s fleet of branded cars collected textiles, toys, books, DVDs and bric-a-brac across its branch network and took the stock to the Martin House warehouse for future sale in hospice shops. 

All people need to do is to drop unwanted items into any of its High Street branches before May 13 and the Linley & Simpson staff will transport them. 

They can be found at Beverley, Bingley, Chapel Allerton, Harrogate, Headingley, Holmfirth, Horsforth, Hull, Ilkley, Leeds city centre, Pudsey, Ripon, Roundhay, Sheffield, Skipton, Wakefield, Wetherby and York.  Donations can also be made to the branches of its sister company, Dale Eddison, in Ilkley, Otley and Skipton. 

The agency is also doubling up its support for Martin House as part of Children’s Hospice Week.  For any valuations – sales or lettings – booked between 20 and 26 June 2022, it will donate £10 to Martin House. If the property is then listed with Linley & Simpson it will multiply this by 25, to mark its anniversary, and increase its donation to £250! 

Since the agency launched its charity partnership with Martin House Children’s Hospice six years ago, its big-hearted team has raised more than £100,000. 

Emily Wilkinson, Wetherby Branch Manager at Linley & Simpson, who also heads up all the company’s fundraising activities, said: “We are delighted to kick-start our anniversary programme of fund-raising initiatives. 

“The work of Martin House has touched the lives of our people in many ways, and we are pleased to be able to ‘give back’ through this initial set of events as well as a host of others that are in the pipeline.

 “With great team spirit, our people are determined to meet – and beat – this year’s fund-raising target and they have come up with no shortage of home-grown ideas to do it. Whatever their skills, interests and abilities, there is something for everyone to get involved in.” 

Martin House supports families across West, North and East Yorkshire, by providing support and palliative care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions.

It costs Martin House nearly £9m each year to provide this vital care which has been severely affected by the COVID pandemic for almost two years. Martin House only receives around 11 per cent statutory funding and therefore relies on donations and fundraising to cover the remaining costs.

Every year it cares for more than 420 children and their families, as well as around 150 bereaved families, at its hospice, in hospitals and in the community. It is open 24/7, 365 days a year, whenever families need help and support.

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