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Local charity organisation goes the distance!

James Pendleton’s Live to Give team have taken on a diverse variety of charity challenges over the past months, from a remarkably snowy Spring pub quiz to a scaled-up version of family board game classic Operation held outside the estate agents’ Wandsworth Common office at the recent Bellevue Fair.  On the first weekend of September a team of ten cyclists braved the rain to take on the infamous London to Windsor cycle ride.

The Live to Give team in full regalia at the London to Windsor bike ride!

The Live to Give team in full regalia at the London to Windsor bike ride!

The South West London independent estate agents run a dedicated programme of charity events each year on behalf of three significant local causes: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Trinity Hospice and Action for Children.  The organising team meets regularly to plan locally focused ways of raising awareness and vital funds and LivetoGive events are consistently a rousing success.

The route, which covers some stunning scenery between the Capital and another town with royal connections, is a well-known challenge in cycling circles and the team trained hard in the weeks before the event for a ride far longer than the average commute. With cycling ever more popular in London and beyond, the team have taken on two rides this year with a ride from London to Brighton in June proving a great success; see our earlier post for a great photo of the team outside James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common on Bellevue Road.

The London to Windsor ride started well as the team headed from the Estate Agents’ Clapham South office on to the official start point six miles away.  This was followed by a gentle and scenic ride down the Thames tow-path through a landscape growing ever more green. Once in the countryside the weather took a turn for the worse, with even a much needed pit stop not doing enough to buy time and avoid the rain.

The torrents divided the team somewhat with an intrepid few braving the torrents and inevitably getting soaked whilst a savvy few stayed behind until the weather cleared!  All were eventually reunited and pushed on throughout the afternoon with no dropouts or injuries. Spirits were by no means as damp as clothes excitement mounted with the finish line in sight and the ride ended with a sprint as the riders in front competed for the fastest time in the group!

Lee, Sonja, Andrew, Rachel, Alice, Moe, David, Chris, James, Mark and Giles took on a tough challenge and did tremendously well in the name of charity. James Pendleton team and its charity committee did extremely well in organising this event, with special thanks extended to Kelly, the main co-ordinator.

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Bellevue Fair 2013 a roaring success

Bellevue Fair is a local fixture in Wandsworth Common and is loved by local residents and visitors alike. The fair perfectly encapsulates the vibrancy and community spirit of this rather unique part of London.  Sandwiched between Tooting and Clapham Junction, both popular neighbourhoods in their own right, what’s surprising about the area surrounding James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common office on Bellevue Road is its leafy tranquillity in such close proximity to the metropolis.

James Pendleton dog Lily won second prize for Best Female Dog

James Pendleton dog Lily won second prize for Best Female Dog

With wares ranging from food samples to books and crafts, the independent retailers along Bellevue Road created a one day market offering up the unique flavours of the neighbourhood.  Other local businesses such as James Pendleton, an award winning estate agents in Wandsworth, decided to provide the visiting public with a fun challenge ideal for a weekend family stroll.

The company, which markets properties for sale and properties to rent in Wandsworth and beyond, had great success in 2012 with a fast paced ‘Cash Cube’ challenge, and this year gave giant gaming a family twist with a scaled up version of board game favourite ‘Operation’.  Participants competed for cash prizes by removing ‘body parts’ including the infamous funny bone in the quickest time.  With a fun atmosphere (created by the James Pendleton team’s ‘surgical’ attire) and prizes awarded to children and adults alike, plenty of passers-by left the office smiling.

Bellevue Road is lined on one side with boutique style shops and pubs as well as Michelin starred restaurant Chez Bruce, while on the other side the Common stretches northwards.  For the 2013 Bellevue Fair the park played host to the Mayhew Animal Centre’s dog show, an ever popular attraction thanks to Wandsworth Common’s enormous popularity with dog owners.

The event, which ran from 10am to 6pm, culminated in a raffle drawn by popular TV property personality Phil Spencer.  The raffle prizes were contributed by businesses along Bellevue Road and formed an absolutely fantastic prize list including an unusual offer from James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Angel department.  One lucky winner will benefit from the department’s free and secure concierge service plus £250 towards home maintenance works.

To find out more about the James Pendleton Angel department contact angel@jphomes.co.uk or call 020 7501 1045

Bellevue Fair’s giant Operation game: will you beat the clock?

James Pendleton Bellevue Fair Giant Operation

A sneak preview of James Pendleton’s Bellevue Fair Giant Operation game

The annual Bellevue Road Summer Fair is nearly upon us and promises entertainment, refreshments and excitement for all the family!  This year’s fair will take place on Saturday 7th September and local businesses along the picturesque local thoroughfare are busily setting up stalls which promise to make this year’s event particularly thrilling!  The team at James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common office on Bellevue Road are no exception as this year they will be inviting local visitors to compete for a fantastic property prize in a scaled-up version of a challenging family favourite: Giant Operation.

A gigantic buzzer board game will be constructed outside the Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common office on Bellevue Road for the duration of the day.  Visitors will have the chance to compete against their rivals and the clock in a contest that sees the person completing the challenge successfully in the quickest time walking away with an exciting prize!

The winner will receive a cash prize while runners up will walk away with bottles of bubbly.

Beside fun and games outside James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common office there is a lot to keep visitors to Bellevue Fair occupied.  A dog show with special judge has been arranged to take place on the Common itself (to the delight of the area’s large dog walking contingent) and children’s fun centre Bertie and Boo will provide entertainment and a selection of local musicians will provide a perfect backdrop to stalls bustling with local wares.  For the celebrity spotters of Wandsworth, look out for property expert and television personality Phil Spencer who will be announcing the fair’s raffle winners.

James Pendleton’steam have provided a very useful money saving prize to the draw, allowing one lucky local to benefit from an ‘Angel for a day’, £250 worth of property maintenance costs covered by the company’s pioneering Angel department.  In short summary, this department is here to help homeowners by taking care of keys, organising home repairs and acting as an emergency point of contact, and the winner will be able to take advantage of the full service whether a property owner or not.  In addition the Angel department will recommend contractors for a range of jobs, on which the winner will save £250.

The company are delighted to be a contributor to the Fair, which has been carefully planned for several months by the Bellevue Road Residents’ Association.  The Association is made up of, and jointly run by, a number of local businesses and each month representatives including from James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common team are able to have their say on how the local area operates.  Groups such as these do a huge amount for the community, representing local needs and using the power of numbers to make important changes.

To find out more about Bellevue Fair contact James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common office on 020 8673 7777; to learn more about the James Pendleton Angel department call Zara Salih on 020 7501 1045.

 

A successful cycle ride for the LivetoGive team

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As fundraising teams go, James Pendleton Estate Agents’ South West London charity organisation LivetoGive is certainly active.  Since winning Trinity Hospice’s Best Charity Partnership with a Local Business award in December the team has plans aplenty in the pipeline and has organised a number of exciting events and initiatives in 2013 that you can discover here.

The latest of these was the long anticipated London to Brighton cycle ride, which saw ten representatives take to the streets on two wheels in the name of charity and raised a phenomenal £1657!  As ever, the team was fundraising for three causes with very strong local and company bonds: Action for Children, Trinity Hospice and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.  These three charities hold very great importance for this Estate Agents’ South West London team and LivetoGive has proactive links with all three: the charity organisation holds regular meetings with all three with fundraising innovation in mind.

Sunday’s 54 mile journey passed through James Pendleton Estate Agent’s South West London base, leading through Clapham, Tooting and Wandsworth on its way to the M25 before breaking out into open countryside on the way to East Sussex’s most famous destination, sometimes known as ‘London-By-The-Sea’.  The route includes some formidable hill climbs as well as many spectacular views and in LivetoGive’s prior experience of the ride there is no greater feeling than catching a first glimpse of the sea at the end of a day’s cycling!

The team are glad to report no injuries and a relatively incident free cycle.  Differing levels of training and ability meant a staggered finish for the ten but all were delighted to spot heart shaped James Pendleton balloons scattered through the crowd, one of which made it to the finish line on the back of a tandem ridden by two Blues Brothers!  As the photos show the team had a fantastic time and as the fundraising totals show they were amply supported by friends, family and well-wishers!  The team send their thanks to all who donated; if you’d like to contribute just pay a visit to LivetoGive’s JustGiving page.

To find out more about the latest and upcoming LivetoGive initiatives keep checking James Pendleton’s homepage: this Estate Agents in South West London posts regular news and updates on their charity organisation’s activities.  Alternatively visit the LivetoGive website.

South West London’s best charity events

James Pendleton Estate Agents' Trinity Star Award for Best Partnership with a Local Business at the 2012 Trinity Star Ball

James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Trinity Star Award for Best Partnership with a Local Business at the 2012 Trinity Star Ball

When searching for a place to call home in London, it’s worth remembering that each area of the Capital has its own distinct and well defined character.  South West London is known as a residential haven with a strong community network, a reputation which is reflected by the thriving charity work which is constantly on-going in Clapham, Balham, Battersea, Wandsworth and Fulham.

South West London Estate Agents James Pendleton’s charity organisation LivetoGive has worked with locally involved charities for a number of years.  As a company with firm community connections the James Pendleton team takes great interest in what’s happening in the world of fundraising.  LivetoGive’s three charities are Action For Children, Trinity Hospice and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.  This spring and summer, LivetoGive will host an exciting programme of fundraising events which can be seen on the charity organisation’s website.  What’s more, the three worthy local charities L2G fundraises for have planned the following exciting events for the spring and summer:

National charity Action for Children runs an assortment of events across the country and welcomes fundraising suggestions from local communities.  This year’s events range from UK wide Easter Egg hunts to a half marathon through  London’s splendid parks.  On 19th May 2013 Clapham based end of life care charity Trinity Hospice will host its annual Country Fayre as well as a Golf Day and is taking part in various sporting events. In 2012 South West London Estate Agents James Pendleton was delighted to be awarded “Best Charity Partnership with a local Business” at Trinity Hospice’s bi-annual Star Ball.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has a place in the nation’s hearts thanks to its work rehoming vulnerable animals and does a great deal of work in South West London and beyond.   As well as a host of sports and community challenges the charity hosts a heart-warming reunion day every summer in Battersea, where ex residents and their owners can revisit their meeting place.  The best place to catch up with the latest goings on at Battersea is on their facebook page, while James Pendleton’s LivetoGive team website will also post updates on the pet charity.

South West London is a fantastic place to get involved in charity work.  LivetoGive have always had tremendous local support and look forward to an exciting year of fundraising commencing with the 2013 pub quiz on March 2013.  To get involved or to register your team please visit our Justgiving page.

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LivetoGive awarded charity accolade from Trinity Hospice

LivetoGive's Trinity Hospice Star Award

LivetoGive’s Trinity Hospice Star Award

The LivetoGive charity organisation is renowned for its original and successful fundraising events, which in 2012 have included two extreme endurance challenges, a long distance cycle challenge and numerous vibrant local events.  On 6th December 2012 the tables were turned as LivetoGive were invited to a stellar ceremony hosted by one of its four charities.

The Trinity Hospice Star Ball is a spectacular annual celebration of the South West London charity’s fundraising community.  Held in the plush Planit venue in Embankment, the evening’s entertainment included a giant human sized snow globe, a lively disco and a hotly contested charity auction.

The highlight of the night for the LivetoGive team came at the annual Star Awards ceremony, where the organisation’s fundraising efforts were rewarded with the Best Charity Partnership with a Local Business’ Award.  With a diverse and successful 2012 behind them the LivetoGive team have high hopes for next year and look forward to a wonderful future with Trinity and its other charity partners.

To find out more about LivetoGive’s 2012 successes, visit livetogive.org.uk or make a donation via the team’s Justgiving page.

James Pendleton: A Mo to Remember

The James Pendleton team joined thousands across the UK in an attempt to keep their upper lips warm in the name of charity.  You can read the full story on the LivetoGive website, but while you’re here please feast your eyes on the efforts of our nine valiant colleagues: