Estate agency raises thousands during Children’s Hospice Week​

The estate agents firm Leaders has raised £20,000 for the national charity, Together for Short Lives, through a series of fundraising events in support of Children’s Hospice Week (23 to 29 May).

From raffles, cake sales, quizzes and sponsored challenges, to lucky dips, tea parties, car washes and fancy dress – staff at Leaders’ efforts raised £20,000 nationally for the charity, which is the company’s chosen Charity of the Year.

Together for Short Lives is the UK charity that speaks out for all children and young people who are expected to have short lives. Together with the 54 children’s hospice services across the UK, they provide care and support to these children and their families, helping them have as fulfilling lives as possible and the very best care at the end of life.Leaders raise thousands for Together for Short Lives during Children's Hospice Week

Paul Weller, Leaders’ chief executive officer, said: “We are delighted to have raised such an excellent sum of money during Children’s Hospice Week, and some of our branches still have events and sponsored challenges taking place over the next few weeks.

“We want to raise as much as we can for this wonderful cause and are very grateful to our customers, business associates and the general public who have so generously supported us; and in particular to the many Leaders landlords who opted to donate one or more days’ rent which boosted our fundraising significantly.”

Each Leaders branch has been partnered with its nearest children’s hospice so staff and customers can support seriously ill children and their families locally.Leaders fundraising Derby Pride Park Car Wash

Nick Appleby, corporate fundraising manager at Together for Short Lives said: “The support from everyone at Leaders is absolutely fantastic. We are thrilled to see the enthusiasm shown across the business for our partnership and to have raised £20,000 from their efforts during Children’s Hospice Week is an outstanding achievement. The continued support of Leaders is extremely appreciated and makes a huge difference to the children and their families cared for by their local children’s hospice service.”

Leaders first named Together for Short Lives as its Charity of the Year in 2015 and raised £45,000 for the organisation last year. Following Children’s Hospice Week the firm has now raised just over £25,000 this year, and is more than halfway towards reaching the £50,000 target it has set for 2016.

Terrina Barnes, Corporate Fundraising Manager for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice, added: “We are really grateful to staff at Leaders estate agents for their fantastic support. Children’s Hospice Week is an important campaign, helping us reach more families across East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire who need our care services. The amount raised is amazing. Chestnut Tree House relies heavily on the support of the local business community to fund our care services. Our thanks once again to Leaders and everyone who has supported Children’s Hospice Week 2016.”

To find out more about the work Together for Short Lives does, visit: www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk