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Agents Giving Ball 2016

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The third annual Agents Giving Charity Ball, hosted at The Lancaster London Hotel, celebrated the outstanding fundraising efforts of the property industry, which has succeeded in raising over £1m for charities across the country.

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Agents Giving’s fundraising champions were also named at the ball with Patron Phil Spencer presenting awards to Bassett Estate Agents winning in the Best Team Fundraising for raising a total of £25,000 for The Trussell Trust, The Salisbury Trust, Splash Wiltshire and Alabare.

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Kathryn Hunter of Hawkmoth Estate Agents took the award in the Best Individual Fundraising category for her support of a range of charities in Milton Keynes, including MIND, Cancer Research and the Oasis Project. Kathryn has also set up a charity to campaign against teenage self-harming.

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Thomas Morris Estate Agents were triumphant in the Best Innovative and Creative Fundraising category following their Orange Day. X1 Lettings took home the award for Special Fundraising following their on-going support of their chosen cancer charities.

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Suppliers to the industry were also recognized and Ravensworth were successful in the Best Industry Supplier Fundraising category.

The night also saw some of the industry’s biggest characters take to the floor in a Strictly Come Dancing dance off.

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Eleven formidable industry characters took up this amazing challenge of ‘Strictly Agents Dancing’, a mixture of agents, suppliers and consultants dancing with tenacity for the Agents Giving Charity Ball. Ed Woolgar of Harrods Lettings, Maxine Lester of Maxine Lester, Nicola Osborne of Paul Hannah Estate Agents, Nicky Stevenson of Property Academy, Bob Scarff of RAS, Jon Byers of Anderson Rose, Simon Whale of Reapit, Simon Bradbury of Thomas Morris, Ben Ridgway of I Am Sold, Elysia Dallimore of Victorstone Shoreditch and Bertie Kerr of Flixflo.
 Their aim was to carry off the Glitter Ball Trophy by dancing their hearts out.  The dancers have all been supported with their dance lessons by Paula Withers at the Wright Rhythm Dance School.  Some of the dancers travelled across the UK to get to their lessons – nothing stopped them for such a great cause. We would like to thank all of our dancers for their hard work with this challenge – you were all AMAZING.

Maxine Lester from Maxine Lester Residential Lettings took home the glitter ball after a dazzling CHA CHA CHA with her partner Connor McCabe. Special thanks to their sponsor, Peach Software.

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Phil Spencer, Patron of Agents Giving, commented: “The Agents Giving Ball was an opportunity for the industry to come together for a night of glamour, dancing and celebration of the fundraising efforts of the property industry over the last year.  We were absolutely delighted to announce the Agents Giving Fundraising Champion Awards, and all the winners should be very proud of what they have achieved for their local charities. It was amazing to have the support of all our partners and supporters who made it such a wonderful celebration.  Agents Giving has helped to raise an impressive £1m so far, and it’s all looking very exciting for the year ahead.”

A word from our 2016 dancers:

Simon Bradbury commented:
“I had a simply fabulous time participating in the “Strictly Agents Dancing” challenge on behalf of Agents Giving.
The whole project was so much fun – it’s an experience I will never ever forget….
Oh and we raised a load of cash for charity too!”

Maxine Lester commented:
“I took on the dancing challenge in a moment of total and utter madness . Did I think about the impact of signing away my weekends for the summer , sore muscles and painful feet . Not at all but was it worth it?. OMG Yes it was totally and utterly brilliant and I can’t thank Agents Giving for giving me such a wonderful opportunity . Connor my professional teacher at the wright rhythm school was amazing so helpful and encouraging and it was a total joy  to give up time to learn in my case a cha cha cha . It gave me a fanatic opportunity to do something outside of the day job a great excuse to put out great content on social media which in turn helped me to raise money nearly £4000 for all agents . Thank you all agents for coming up with such a brilliant idea promise you it was worth the pain!”

You can view all our photos of the Ball in our gallery and on our Facebook Page

To view video highlights of the night click here

To see more about the Agents Giving Fundraising Champions click here

To see more about our Strictly Agents Dancers click here


A bit about our 2016 Dancers:

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Bob Scarff navigated the Estate Agency business at Countrywide plc, the UK’s largest property services group, to success over 37 years.  Since his departure in May 2015, he is now working as a self-employed consultant to forward thinking and ambitious Independent Estate Agents throughout the UK.  He was recently appointed as a non-executive director of award winning agency butters john bee and leading London agency James Pendleton. Most recently, he has teamed up with property technology expert Rob Wellstead to create unspecified new technology aimed at sales and letting agents. He is a Fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents. Bob believes passionately in the importance of staff development, not least because of its impact on customer service.


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Ed Woolgar is the Lettings Director at Harrods Estates looking after all four offices across Central London. He has been in the industry over 12 years and is a keen participant in charity work and events while at work. Before entering the property industry, he was a chef for some of the biggest caterers in London and has most notably cooked for the queen at the Royal Summer Ball. Normally more accustomed to participating in sporting events such as white collar boxing or rugby sevens, the opportunity to step out of his comfort zone into ballroom dancing was too good to miss.


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Nicola Osborne: I live and work in Ferndown Dorset. I was born in Bromley Kent and have lived and worked in Hertfordshire, London, West Sussex and for the last 25 years in Dorset. After a successful 30 plus years in the Banking Industry, I took a career break 18 months ago, travelled the world for 4 months, and last November embarked on a new career path as a Trainee Negotiator working for Paul Hannah The Estate Agents. Loving it! I enjoy a challenge and have undertaken a number of charity challenges over the years and I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to take part in the Agents Giving Strictly Come Dancing Gala event. I have always loved dancing, particularly ballroom, and could not pass up the opportunity of dancing with international dancers and being able to support such a great cause.


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Jon Byers: Jon is the Founder and MD of Anderson Rose which won gold medals at both the Sunday Times Estate Agency of the Year and the Lettings Agency of the Year awards. Prior to agreeing to do Strictly, Jon’s only dance moves were the Running Man and the drunk man’s overbite but he is a keen amateur drummer and is hoping that a good sense of rhythm might help him and Natasha set the dance floor on fire!


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Nicky Stevenson: Nicky is Managing Director of Property Academy and Estate Agency Events, and works closely with Estate Agents all across the UK, providing information, insight, ideas and inspiration as well as helping agents overcome challenges faced in their businesses. Nicky started her property career in 2003 with roles including negotiator, senior negotiator and manager at Davis Tate and Chesterton Humberts, prior to joining the Property Academy in 2012.


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Maxine Lester: Introducing Maxine Lester, with only a Grade 1 in ballet achieved several decades ago her main aim is not to be the joke turn of the evening. With her fighting spirit she said  “ I am out there  to prove that the more mature women has something to offer on the dance floor, I am not sure it will be dancing in the true sense but it will something with a lot of shapes. My confidence was slightly bruised when I found out my partner was not only half my age but also half the size of my left thigh.“   Our spies have told us that she will be performing  a cheeky cha cha cha  on the evening . So we are looking forward to seeing those shapes on the dance floor.


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Simon Bradbury is a director at Thomas Morris Sales & Lettings who have 7 branches across Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. They also hold the license for the high-end brand Fine & Country in the same region.
Simon, together with his fellow directors and management team, has helped Thomas Morris win over 50 regional, national and even international awards – 13 of them in 2015 alone. Further details of those awards are here…  http://thomasmorris.co.uk/sellers/award-winners.
He started his estate agency career in the mid 1980’s with the then renowned estate agency Ekins Dilley and Handley, before becoming an Area Director at Prudential Property Services. He later joined previous colleagues at Thomas Morris as a Partner, assisting with their subsequent expansion plans which included helping to establish a highly successful mortgage brokerage, surveyors practice, property management company and even an estate agency training business.
Simon has always believed in innovation as a key driving force in estate agency and he is constantly seeking new ways of conducting business. He believes that technological innovation, combined with the essential ‘human touch’ , is the key to the future.


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Ben Ridgway is a founding director of iam-sold, iam-sold provide auction services to over 1,000 UK estate agency branches and partner with some of the best known names in the industry. Ben is 31 has a partner and 9-month old son Harry. Ben counts himself as an honorary Geordie and has lived in Newcastle upon Tyne for the last 12 years lives. He has entered this competition to raise awareness for the plight of the Geordie dancer and hopes that he will get to show his rhythm to the sound tracks of Sting and Jimmy Nail while raising money for a good cause.


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Simon Whale
Legend in his own lifetime.
Best hair in the industry.
A man to software what Gerald Ratner was to jewellery.
So ugly as a baby that when I was born they slapped my mother rather than me.
So sartorially challenged that Gok Wan said ‘I’m out’
Was once sledged by Liberace for being ‘too camp’
But after all this his road to redemption is now here in the form of the most left footed dancing ever to hit the stage.

Or else mundanely:
Director – Reapit are the leading provider of CRM software to the property industry.


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Bertie Kerr: Bertie is the Head of Operations at Fixflo and a new addition to the team (possibly why he has volunteered for Strictly Agents Dancing?) Prior to joining he spent time in banking and before that served in the Royal Marines for 7 years. If only they could see him now….


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Elysia Dallion: Elysia is a sales representative in the Shoreditch office of Victorstone, her role has been very successful with a hands on for fundraising having organized two events so far this year.