Real estate agency raises £40,000 for charities

Four charities that support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are to receive a £10,000 cash boost each thanks to real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield.

Real estate agency raises £40,000 for charities

A team from Edinburgh taking part in Cushman & Wakefield’s Make An Impact Day

MCR Pathways, ThinkForward, resurgo and IntoUniversity will benefit from the money raised by the agency’s first ever National Make An Impact Day on June 10.

At the centre of activities was the sixth annual Rob Worboys Challenge, with entrants walking, running and cycling in locations across the UK. The popular event was established in honour of Edinburgh agent, Rob Worboys, who died suddenly at the age of just 27 in 2016.

Over 400 people took part in the challenge covering a staggering 8000 miles - either competing in the Full Worboys which involved 3.5 hours cycling in the morning and 3.5 hours walking or running in the afternoon or the Half Worboys which involved 3.5 hours walking/running in the afternoon.

Participants were allowed to choose their location – with some tackling the ambitious North Coast 500 route in the far north of Scotland while others completed the challenge in their local park. Pre-pandemic the event was held on the Isle of Arran.

Stuart Dorward, head of Scotland for Cushman & Wakefield, said: “We are overwhelmed by the number of colleagues and over 100 clients who took time out of their lives to train and take part in the Rob Worboys Challenge and especially by all those people who made donations. We would like to say a big thank you to them and to Rob’s family and friends who have always played such an important part in supporting the day in his memory.

“Even though it was a virtual challenge for the second year running, it was every bit as competitive as in previous years with some incredible performances.”

In first place for the Full Worboys was CMS ‘The High Fives’, followed by ACCA ‘The Fab Five’ and then Cushman & Wakefield ‘Team Keyes’. CMS also led the field in the Half Worboys with ‘Team Hardie’, with joint 2nd places going to Cushman & Wakefield ‘Team Berryman’ and Cushman & Wakefield ‘Lease Advisory Mixed Team’. Outstanding performance awards went to Thibald Gerardin, Harry Abell, Andy Roberts and Gael Hardie.

Cushman & Wakefield employees also supported Make An Impact Day by volunteering for a range of organisations including the Canal & River Trust, the Marine Conservation Society, Keep Britain Tidy, The Conservation Volunteers and various schools. People also donated unwanted clothes, food, toiletries and IT equipment to support initiatives including ComputerAid, St Mungo’s, Smart Works and The Trussel Trust.

Candice Matthews, chief operating officer UK Cushman & Wakefield, said: “Thank you to everyone who took part in this special day and fundraised for or donated to our four Education and Outreach charity partners.

“So far, including match funding we have raised around £40,000 which is fantastic. This money will help these charities continue their work on narrowing the education and employment gap for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

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