CommunityProud to be supporting our local community

Linley and Simpson doesn't just have a passion for lettings and selling homes - we also share a passion for serving our community and are proud to be working closely with the communities in areas where our branches are based.

We were delighted to be announced as winners of the 'Contributing to the Community' category at the 2018 Yorkshire Business Masters Awards in Leeds. We were crowned as Yorkshire's community champions in recognition of all of the initiatives we have in place to support the local communities in the areas in which we work. These include our ‘Give Back’ scheme, loyalty cards, sponsorship of local sports teams and schools and our ongoing partnership with Martin House and the support we offer them through both fundraising and volunteering.

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We were also thrilled to be announced as 2017 winners of the Agents Giving Award for 'Best Agency CSR' in recognition of our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, with these kind words from the judges:
"Linley & Simpson stood out as a company who live and breathe corporate social responsibility. It was clear they have a great understanding of CSR as an intrinsic part of their business and have worked hard to ensure that their CSR policy informs every interaction.  They have even appointed a dedicated member of staff to transform their policy into action, very deserving winners."

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We promote an inclusive approach amongst our employees and encourage involvement in all of our community and charity activities from junior staff and new starters through to management and Directors. As such, we have nominated a Brand Ambassador for each of our branches and departments who work alongside our Head of Community and Charity Engagement, Emily Wilkinson, to create a positive social impact on the communities and environments in which we operate.

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Charity Work

Linley and Simpson are honoured to be in partnership with Martin House Children's Hospice and proud to support them in their mission  'To help children and young people with a life-limiting condition, along with their families, to live well and fully, offering the best possible end of life care and support to the family in bereavement'.

Martin House is now our long-term charity of choice. The type of relationship enables us to better understand the future goals of the charity and contribute to its success in achieving them. Everyone on both sides of the partnership gets to know each other better and feels a sense of ownership of what we are all doing.

We were very pleased to donate £25,000 to Martin House in 2014 and thrilled when we bettered this feat in 2017 handing over a cheque for £26,000.

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We have also pledged to build on this partnership and continue our fundraising efforts to help them achieve their aim of 'providing every child and young person with access to palliative care where and when they need it'. Fundraising events to date have included a raffle to Win a week’s additional holiday from work, the Great Linley and Simpson Bake Off, Christmas jumper competitions and various raffles across the year.

Team fundraising events have included:

Our big "20 Twenty" challenge which saw us climb 20 of the Lake District’s toughest peaks, over 20 miles, in just 13 hours, taking a route never attempted before. To put the challenge into perspective, this represents and ascent totalling 2,434 metres or 8,032 feet - the equivalent of almost two Ben Nevis mountain climbs, or halfway up Mont Blanc, the highest in the Alps.

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"We've set ourselves some tough challenges before - ranging from Tough Mudder army assault course to the Brownlee brothers' triathlon.

"But this was far tougher than we had anticipated. Many even went as far as to say they’d rather run a marathon that do it again, which gives you an idea of how physically testing it was for us.

"I'd like to praise all my colleagues for rising to the challenge, and thank all those who backed the cause with generous donations."

Will Linley, Director

"Team Linley & Simpson have been an absolute delight to work with over the last year, supporting the children and families at our hospice in so many ways - but in no way more gruelling than their 20 peaks challenge!

"Ascending and descending more than 2,400 metres in a challenge lasting 13 hours 28 minutes can only be described as masochistic!

"But what Linley & Simpson start, they invariably finish, and deliver on their promise.

"A very personal and sincere thank you to the whole team from each and every one of the 550 children and families supported by Martin House.”

John Haigh, corporate fundraiser for Martin House

Dragon Boat Race - we have entered the Dragon Boat race for two years in a row and were thrilled to win the title for ‘Best Dressed Team’ both times! We also managed respectable top 10 finishes with our 2017  team, dressed as Egyptians, rowing into 6th place and our 2018 team of 'Willy Wonka and the Oompa Loompas' finishing in 9th  place out of the 37 teams that took part.  This fun, family event which takes place at Roundhay Park in Leeds each year raised over £45,000 for the Hospice in 2018.

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KapowA team of Linley & Simpson staff dressed as superheroes took on the Kapow inflatable obstacle course in Leeds. Obstacles included a 4m high climb, inflatable poles, a U.V. bubble pod, foam pit and 10m long inflatable tunnels!

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Colour Run - A team from across our 11 branches ran through a blaze of colour around a 3.5km course at Bramham Park as part of the annual Martin House Colour Run.

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As well as team events, individual staff members have also taken on incredible physical challenges to raise money for Martin House.

Becky Lane, Lettings Consultant at our Horsforth branch, completed the Yorkshire Marathon in 4 hours and 9 minutes raising over £650 for Martin House.

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Mark Sheridan, Branch Manager at our Yorkshire branch, ran the London Marathon and also organised a silent auction and 'pop up' kitchens raising over £5,500.

Mark Christopher, Sales Director, and Greg Smallwood, Head of Land and Development, took part in the Uncle Mick's Bike Ride challenge, cycling the length of the canal from Liverpool to Leeds - 127.5 miles and 91 locks in just two days and raising over £1500 between them.

Greg also took part in the Leeds 10k to add to his fundraising challenges for Martin House.

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The sky’s the limit for Holly! Holly Robinson, our Wakefield Lettings Consultant, braved a 15,000ft sky dive raising over £700 for Martin House.

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In addition to our fundraising efforts, our staff are also all encouraged to volunteer for Martin House and are given paid time off during work hours to carry this out. Volunteering activities we’ve taken part in include manning stalls selling Christmas cards, heading out in the Martin House vans to help collect and sort stock and assisting with various roles in the fundraising office.

A team of our volunteers also visit Martin House on an annual basis to help create new areas of the garden for the children to enjoy. In 2017 we created a wildlife garden - a haven of peace for children, parents and carers – and this year we transformed a previously underused area of the garden into a jungle themed area.  We team up with Nick Palmer of Harrogate-based The Garden Keeper who very kindly supplies his expertise, materials and labour to help create these wonderful new spaces at the Hospice.

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As well as supplier participation, we have also involved our customers and our 'Cash for Clutter' stock appeal for the Martin House retail shops gave them a great opportunity to support us by donating unwanted goods and bric-a brac. Each of our 11 branches acted as a collection point and we delivered all of the stock to the Martin House warehouse in a fleet of our Linley and Simpson cars. This initiative raised nearly £2000 - with each bag donated worth an average £25.

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Our customers also helped support Martin House simply by choosing to use us during Children’s Hospice Week this year. Linley and Simpson donated £10 to Martin House for every sales and letting valuation carried out during Children’s Hospice week and increased this donation to £250 for every property listed by the end of June that subsequently sold or was rented.

Our customers have also been able to offer their support simply by completing one of our customer service surveys. We have donated £1 donation to Martin House for every completed survey received.

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Our partnership with Martin House is further supported by membership of their Business Club.

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To show your support for this fantastic charity please visit our justgiving page to make a donation:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/linleyandsimpsonsupportmartinhouse

 

Helping children

Linley and Simpson have established links with schools and sports clubs across North and West Yorkshire as part of our initiative to support and inspire local children. From a sporting perspective, this ranges from our largest event to date sponsoring the Brownlee children's triathlon at Ashville in June 2016 through to sponsorship of individual players, sports kits and end of season trophies at football, cricket and rugby clubs across our branch network.

Amongst other activities, we also get involved with summer fairs, Christmas card competitions and creative writing and art projects for the schools. We also attend recruitment fairs to assist children with their all important career decisions.

Sports Clubs

Burley Trojans

Burley Trojans

Collingham and Linton cricket club

Collingham and Linton Cricket Club

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Durkar Devils

Harrogate Railway

Harrogate Railway FC

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Horsforth Saints FC

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Leodensian RUFC

long marston cricket club

Long Marston Cricket Club

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Poppleton Juniors FC

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Ripon Panthers

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Sandal Girls Rugby Union

Shadwell Cricket Club

Shadwell Cricket Club

St Margarets AFC

St Margaret’s U13’s

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Wetherby Athletic FC

York lokos

York Loko RLFC

Schools

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Ashville

Chapel Allerton Primary School

Chapel Allerton primary school

Crossley Street Primary School

Crossley Street primary school, Wetherby

Featherbank, Horsforth

Featherbank, Horsforth

Holy Trinity, Cookridge

Holy Trinity, Cookridge

Ilkley Grammar School

Ilkley Grammar School

Queen of Martyrs

Our Lady of Queen of Martyrs RC primary school, York

St. Margarets

St Margarets, Horsforth

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St Walburga's Catholic Primary School, Shipley

If you would like us to get involved in a school or sports organisation close to you, please email community@linleyandsimpson.co.uk

 

‘Age friendly’ Initiative

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In addition to all of the support we offer to the younger generation, we have also extended our work in the community by signing up to a new Age Friendly Charter which aims to create a more friendly and welcoming environment for the city’s growing number of older people. Our Chapel Allerton branch is the first to become involved in the ‘Come in and rest’ scheme by opening up their office to older people who may want to take time out to rest or use the toilet. We are in the process of rolling the scheme out across at our other 10 branches throughout Yorkshire. The Charter has been initiated as part of Leeds’ membership of the global network of Age Friendly cities, run by the World Health Organisation.

 

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