6 July 2020

FOLLOWING the current situation surrounding COVID-19, property specialists Linley & Simpson have re-launched their community initiative for 2020 to support local businesses and community groups across Yorkshire.

The groups were invited to apply for a Linley & Simpson grant at the beginning of the year, with £30,000 being made available to schools, sports clubs and community clubs across North, West and East Yorkshire. Linley & Simpson's first community link has been partnering with Crossley Street Primary School in Wetherby, by donating £250 to support the school's summer fair. 

Now that the country is beginning to gain momentum and return back to normal, Linley & Simpson have found it crucial, more so than before, to support those who most need help in its areas of operation and are now encouraging groups to apply for a grant.

Prior to lockdown, the company allocated funding to a number of organisations which are now in the position to be able to spend the funds. Linley & Simpson have donated £500 to St. Chad's Broomfield Cricket Club, in Headingley, to sponsor the ground, be the digital and match ball sponsor and support the beer festival. Chairman of the cricket club, Paul Berry, says 'We were delighted to have received this funding from Linley & Simpson, gaining such support is vital to the running of the club. The money will be used to improve playing facilities, purchase more equipment and provide additional coaches as we attract more juniors every year.'

Another organisation that was successful for a grant was Wigton Moor Football Club in Alwoodley. Linley & Simpson have contributed £500 towards new football kits for the under 13's team. Matt Davenport, Assistant Manager at the football club says, 'Wigton Moor is run entirely by volunteers and we rely heavily on financial support and fundraising to help keep teams running so that we can provide local kids of all backgrounds the opportunity to play football and develop as confident individuals. We are honoured that Linley & Simpson have agreed to be our kit sponsors and are looking forward to building this partnership further.'

The scheme will offer support to local communities across Linley & Simpson's 19-strong branch network. Will Linley, CEO of Linley & Simpson says, 'We pride ourselves on playing an integral part in our local communities and this initiative is all about helping a range of good causes where support such as this can make a big difference. We are encouraging local businesses and community groups to continue applying for the grant so that we can help them to get back on track. We promote an inclusive approach amongst our employees who involve themselves in all of our community activities and I'm pleased to say that our staff are very much on board with this initiative.'

Further to the community initiative, Linley & Simpson have relaunched their Give Back Scheme, where each community partnership will have the opportunity to receive an extra £250 for each person that sells or lets their home through Linley & Simpson and is associated with that specific community group.

Picture from left to right: Emily Wilkinson - Branch Manager of Linley & Simpson's Wetherby Office, Marty Bear of Martin House Children's Hospice, Becky Lurcuck - Head girl of Crossley Street Primary School, Will Linley - CEO of Linley & Simpson, Oscar Hewitt - Head boy of Crossley Street Primary School, Gavin Hirst - Head Teacher of Crossley Street Primary School.

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