Charitable property professionals turn their minds to volunteering

Leeds city living specialist Morgans is continuing to build on its relationship with Leeds Mencap, after more than 30 property professionals from the firm recently spent a full day volunteering at the local charity. Leeds Mencap supports over 450 children and adults with a learning disability in Leeds, as well as helping their families.

The charity provides a specialist playroom, family support, junior youth clubs, an inclusive dance project for 12 to 25 year olds, a siblings support group, school holiday play schemes, parent and carer support projects, a special Friday club for 18 to 25 year olds, as well as running a residential home. Morgans has been donating both time and money to the charity for 5 years.

Morgans’ managing director, Jonathan Morgan, said: “We continue to support Leeds Mencap, which is one of our favourite organisations, by taking our team to its home at the Vinery Centre, where we employ various levels of brain and brawn to do whatever we can to help. This includes everything from painting and cleaning, to programming the heating system and laying turf.

“Having operated in Leeds for over 22 years we are extremely proud and protective of our city, and feel it’s really important to play an active role helping young people in Leeds. We have found that many of our team are keen to volunteer with deserving organisations, and by creating dedicated charity days, they can do it in a structured and meaningful way. Plus, when 30 of us descend, the proverb that ‘many hands make light work’ rings true, and we can achieve a lot of amazing things in a short space of time.

“Earlier this year we delivered 110 chocolate eggs to Leeds Mencap, so that all the young people who attended at Easter enjoyed a treat, and one of our Sales team, Alex Lavigne, is also raising money for the charity with four gruelling challenges.”

Alex is completing four fundraising feats, including climbing the Three Peaks, completing a parachute jump, and running both the Leeds Half Marathon and the Leeds 10k.

Cath Lee, chief executive of Mencap, said: “Morgans’ volunteers are fantastic. Leeds Mencap couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers, who bring a diverse mix of skills and experience which enriches what we can offer. The enthusiasm and energy in the Morgans’ team is always a boost – we can never thank them enough.”

Jonathan Morgan added: “Leeds Mencap is just one of the charities we regularly support. We also launched a Mental Health Pub Quiz earlier this year raising over £26,500. The money was shared between The Market Place, which is a vital drop in centre in Leeds that gives information, support and counselling to people aged 13 to 25, and mental health charity Leeds Mind, which our marketing and PR officer, Lucy Smith, is also raising funds for through a sponsored Three Peaks challenge.

“We’re also heavily involved with homeless charity, St George’s Crypt, and will be bag packing at Asda in Killingbeck this year, where we hope to beat the £800 we raised last time we bag-packed for them. Our team’s can-do attitude and enthusiasm always shines through and everyone gets stuck into any task.

“We recently volunteered again at Hollin Lane allotments in North Leeds, which are supported by Leeds Community Foundation. We are helping to bring unkempt plots back into use by making them smaller and more manageable, so older people can grow their own fruit and veg in the heart of Leeds. This physical work gets us all outside and is actually a great distraction for everyone involved.”

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