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LandAid Day 2014 saw over 50 companies from the property and construction sectors uniting to support disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.
Thousands of people set themselves the task of raising as much money as possible in the most inventive, unusual and totally selfless ways. Over £90,000 has already been raised. Here are just some of the highlights.
Well in advance of 23 October a huge number of our supporters got on their bikes for our charitable causes. Allsop's Festival of Cycling at Brand's Hatch raised £2,000. Not to be outdone, a crack team of cyclists from Malcolm Hollis covered a gruelling 55 mile cycle loop from Molesey Boat Club via Windsor, bringing in £1,500. And CoreNet Global UK took over the Olympic Velodrome for their Property Cycle Challenge, supported by teams from CBRE, JLL, Overbury and others.
Early October also saw the successful completion of a Monopoly Board Challenge by a number of Turley's regional teams, raising upwards of £5,000. The monopoly theme was continued by Cushman and Wakefield, who set a new world record for the number of people playing Monopoly at any one time in the same location (277 people in one astonishingly hot boardroom!). A truly unique achievement, and fully adjudicated by Guinness World Records.
LandAid President Mike Slade and his Helical Bar cohorts dressed as the cast of Fame to trick or treat the unsuspecting residents of Berkeley Square. A lederhosen-clad group from McLaren Property took to the streets of central London for their Oktoberfest-themed challenge, drumming up over £1,800 over the course of the day - a phenomenal work. Another lederhosen-wearing team at GVA's London office took to their rollapaluza challenge with great gusto. GVA CEO and LandAid trustee Rob Bould and MD Malcolm Whetstone got things underway with a 500m static sprint. GVA offices across the country were also encouraged to get active for the cause.
SEGRO's Summer of Sport raised over £20,000 across a number of months. This was capped with a bake off final adjudicated by CEO David Sleath (and outgoing LandAid CEO Joanna Averley). The winner baked a layered tiramisu-flavoured distribution shed-shaped cake!
PWC's real estate partners and directors were put stocks so put-upon colleagues and subordinates could throw wet sponges at them! There were a number of other things happening in their HQ over three days. Tom Wade from Knight Frank took on four colleagues running in relay and beat them on the 26km Woolwich to Paddington Crossrail route road race. Elsewhere, Legal & General Property MD Bill Hughes attempted to break his colleagues on a special Bootcamp event.
Cluttons staged a guess the baby competition for their first LandAid Day, while Frogmore, Land Securities and British Land had a veritable plethora of activities in their offices. Voyanta held a ping pong competition, and More London held a wii tennis contest (replete with John McEnroe headbands). While some companies dressed up for LandAid Day - most notably Pinsent Masons for their three legged dash across Finchley Circus - staff at Savills' London HQ dressed down.
Baking-themed events were staged by BCSC, Redwood Consulting, Mayer Brown, Bellenden, Broadgate Estates, Shoppertainment Management, Bond Dickinson and Grainger. The spirit of the LandAid Day treasure hunt lived on thanks to Grosvenor and Palmer Capital. And Royal Bank of Scotland, Grainger and Capita hosted splendiferous pub quizzes.
The day was finished off with a party at the top of the Leadenhall Building, sponsored by Laing O'Rourke and hosted by British Land, Oxford Properties and City Property Association. The event raised over £26,000 for LandAid.
To celebrate all your efforts, we will be hosting a Celebration Event at DTZ on Wednesday 29th October, where we will be launching our exciting Ambassadors initiative.