First Step – local charity supporting babies and pre-school children with a disability or special needs
St Francis Hospice – provide specialist care and support for both patients and families
Refuge for women and children – helping the most vulnerable escape from violence
The Mawney Foundation School – we support ur local school’s football team
Mutts in Distress – helping our four-legged friends find a new home
The Mawney Foundation School
School’s in the game
We are a proud sponsor of The Mawney School Football team, since they played their first two games with Parklands School, Romford and Hilldene School, Harold Hill.
We will do our best to keep you updated with their matches and scores and you can always check what’s new with the team and the school by visiting their website mawney.havering.sch.uk
Registered charity no. 1106002
It was very important to us that we put something back into our community and we have always felt connected to our area so we decided to support a charity that was in Havering. After doing some research, Stan at Time FM introduced First Step to us. He told us about the fantastic work they do and explained that they are a local charity providing support and facilities for babies and pre-school children with a disability or special needs.
Julie James, our Director went to meet Michelle who is the Fundraising Organiser, and she kindly showed her around the nursery. “I was very touched by the children and the staff. I was very impressed with what they have achieved.” – says Julie. GBP Estates became First Step’s main sponsor at their first ball, however our work is far from done. With over 750 children already having benefited from the organisation’s support, you can imagine the money that they need to keep this fantastic group going. If you wish to donate, or if you require more information, please go to their website at www.firststep.org.uk
Saint Francis Hospice
Registered charity no. 275913
Having a ball and raising £30.000 for hospice care
A Spurs football great was among the guests who enjoyed a ball raising funds for patient care at Saint Francis Hospice.
The hospices second Forget Me Not Ball was a glittering occasion full of fun and generosity and nearly 300 guests, which included new and existing supporters like Havering Mayor Councillor Roger Ramsey and his wife Sheila or Spurs legend Cliff Jones, enjoyed themselves very much.
The event took place at the Orsett Hall, Thurrock on 11th September and was a great success, even if we – the sponsors of the event – do say so ourselves. Guests were treated to a drinks reception, sumptuous three-course meal, disco and music from harpist Haydn Newland and singer Josh Dubovie, who had many people dancing. An auction and raffle to win top prize of a diamond worth £1,000 proved quite popular. Tempting auction prizes included a box for 10 to see Jools Holland in concert and a limited edition of the Tottenham Hotspur Opus.
Thanks to everyone’s generosity, an incredible £30,000 was raised, which could help towards providing the day hospice for two weeks, enabling up to 75 patients each week to access all the practical and emotional care they need at the hospice.
Elizabeth Palfreman, event organiser, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the evening was a success and everyone had a good time. Saint Francis Hospice is about helping people to live with dignity with its specialist care and we can only do this with your support to raise the £6.5million needed each year to care for around 4,000 local people.
“I would like to thank GBP Estates for sponsoring the ball and Den Scott for her moving words about her work in the community team and the care the hospice provided to her daughter Keri before she lost her battle to cancer. She highlighted how vital our care is to people affected by life limiting illness.
Cliff Jones, a hospice patron whose daughter Debbie was cared for by the hospice before she sadly died in 2006, said: “My wife Joan and I thought it was an uplifting evening and there was a great atmosphere. We were pleased to support such a fantastic cause as Saint Francis Hospice.”
Julie James and Gary Taylor, of GBP Estates, said, “We were proud to sponsor such a fantastic evening and with £30,000 raised it made all the hard work worth it. We all had an enjoyable evening and took time to think of family and friends who have passed away and the staff and helpers who work tirelessly at Saint Francis Hospice to ensure patients receive the best care.
GBP Group will make continue to support and we will be donating £100 for the sale of every property when Saint Francis Hospice is mentioned.
Mutts in Distress
Mutts in Distress is an animal shelter in Little Hallingbury on the Herts and Essex border. They rescue dogs from local pounds that would get destroyed and offer them for rehoming. Finding new loving homes for animals is their main focus, however they are an approved microchipping centre, they can provide pet-owners with identity discs (it’s an express service, done while you wait) and sell dog leads and collars.
Every penny counts and in December we organised a sponsored walk with our dogs dressed in Christmas outfits and raised money for this worthy cause.
“They are always looking for support, volunteers, food and I am happy to donate.” – says Julie James.