14 November 2016

LINLEY & Simpson has launched a new 'cash for clutter' campaign to help children from across Yorkshire living with life-limiting illnesses this Christmas.

Its "Giving Tuesday" initiative is designed to support youngsters being cared for at Martin House hospice at Boston Spa, near Wetherby – its chosen charity of the year – by putting unwanted items in people’s homes to good use.

The residential sales and letting agency, which was crowned Estate Agency of the Year in the recent Yorkshire Residential Property Awards, is appealing to the local community in and around all 11 of its branches to drop off their donations by November 29.

Staff from each of the offices will then volunteer to bag up all the goods collected, and deliver the stock to Martin House to be sold off through its network of charity shops in Yorkshire.

The company, which has offices at Leeds city centre, Roundhay, Horsforth, Chapel Allerton, Harrogate, Ripon, York, Wetherby, Ilkley, Saltaire and Wakefield, will serve as a drop-off point for any winter clothes, textiles, toys, books, Christmas decorations, DVDs and other bric-a-brac.

“This is one of the busiest times of the year for us as we help people all over North and West Yorkshire move home in time for Christmas and the New Year,” said Emily Wilkinson, who heads up the independent agency’s charity and community projects.

“Whether you are moving home or not, it is an ideal opportunity to de-clutter and help a good cause at the same time by generating extra funds to help those children who will be spending this Christmas at Martin House.

“All of our branches will be acting as collection points for any unwanted items that people are able to donate – simply drop stuff off with us and leave the rest to us.”

Stock bags and Gift Aid forms are also available at each branch to help maximise the potential of the initiative.

On Tuesday November 29, Linley & Simpson’s eye-catching fleet of cars sporting the charity’s logo will collect all the donated stock from its branches, before travelling in convoy to drop it all off at the Martin House warehouse in Thorp Arch.

The convoy – an idea designed to raise further awareness of the hospice - plans to leave the company’s head office in Roundhay, Leeds, around 10am. It will take in a route including Chapel Allerton, Horsforth, Ilkley, Harrogate and Wetherby – so please keep an eye out for them!

Every year, Martin House cares for and supports more than 400 local children with life-limiting illnesses, and their families, both through the life of the child and into bereavement.

Linley & Simpson raised £25,000 for the charity in 2014 and the agency and its staff are hopeful they can meet – and beat – that target over the next 12 months.

Follow the progress of the campaign through @LinleySimpson on Twitter and #GivingTuesday; as well as through Facebook and Instagram.

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