Charity support ... Linley & Simpson volunteers in action at Martin House
HOT on the heels of winning a brace of property awards on the national stage, an independent Yorkshire estate agency is now homing in on a rare hat-trick right on its doorstep.
Linley & Simpson is in the running to be crowned Most Charitable Business in the Yorkshire Choice awards, which champions local people and independent businesses that are inspirational in their own way or the markets they serve.
All the winners are chosen by an public poll where any member of the community can cast their vote before the deadline of February 1.
The agency, which has a network of 18 branches across North and West Yorkshire and The Humber, has been nominated for its long-standing partnership with its chosen charity partner, Martin House Hospice at Boston Spa, near Wetherby.
In the last five years, its team of more than 260 staff have raised over £70,000 for the hospice, supporting its work caring for children and young people with life-shortening conditions and their families.
The money has been raised in a raft of ways – ranging from a sky dive to walking the Cleveland Way; from Dragon Boat racing, to a Great British Bake-Off cookery contest.
As part of the agency’s volunteering initiative, in which staff are awarded a day’s paid leave to support the community, colleagues have also rallied round the hospice by rolling up their sleeves to create wildlife and jungle adventure gardens in the grounds.
Polly Hale, Partnerships Manager for Martin House, said: “The commitment shown by the whole Linley & Simpson team is tremendous. We are privileged to have such a wonderful partnership with them, which has had such an impact on the children and young people we support.”
The nomination follows a brace of awards at the estate agency “Oscars” in London, where Linley & Simpson was crowned the year’s Best Land and New Homes Team and Best Property Management Department by The Negotiator magazine.
Emily Wilkinson, manager of its Wetherby office and the agency’s prime community link with Martin House, said: “Charitable giving is at the forefront of our business. The work of the hospice has touched the hearts of everyone working here, so as a home-grown Yorkshire businesses we are all thrilled to have been nominated in these awards.
“We’d like to thank everyone who is taking the time to vote for us, and hope our work inspires others to follow in our footsteps and support the amazing hospice team that so many of us have reason to thank.”