It will be double celebrations for private rental specialists Orchard & Shipman as they raise vital funds for cancer charity, Maggie’s, by climbing to the summit of the highest mountain in Scotland, whilst also raising a glass to getting top Google ratings from their clients.
But first, we wanted to tell you a little bit about Maggie’s – a charity that is very close to their hearts – and why they are taking on the Ben Nevis challenge to raise vital funds for it.
Maggie’s – everyone’s home of cancer care
Anyone whose life has been affected by cancer – either personally or seeing its impact on someone close to them – will know that it can alter every single aspect of life. The range of cancer support that Maggie’s offer is phenomenal – from managing symptoms and side-effects to emotional and social support to practical advice on finances. Maggie’s have centres across Scotland and the UK where anyone affected by cancer can access free one-to-one support and information or simply meet with people in a friendly, relaxed environment who understand what they’re going through.
Maggie’s relies on fundraising and donations to ensure that their services remain free to anyone who needs them. With their support, £31.6 million in cancer benefits have been claimed by the people who need them, 96% of people say they felt less alone after visiting a centre and 98% said they felt more confident talking to their medical teams.
The team that’s rising to the challenge …
Mohsin Gani, Regional Lettings Manager along with Taylor Anderson, Property Manager, are representing Orchard & Shipman Scotland for the climb and are being joined by Director, Clair Chester and Operations Director, Michelle Bowler.
They have set a target of £1000 and have been tirelessly fundraising to achieve it, getting donations from everyone they know including friends and family, Taylor’s swim team and, of course, local landlords.
Mr & Mrs Whyte, Scotland – based landlord who has worked with Orchard & Shipman for 6 years, said, “The team has supported me over the years, so I was very happy to be able to support them. They are great at what they do, and they are also a lovely group of people to work with which makes such a difference. Maggie’s is important to so many families in the area and I would urge other landlords to donate – every little helps and it would be amazing if we could help them smash their target after such a difficult year for everyone.”
Climbing to the top!
The team has also been celebrating five-star Google reviews since launching its Rent Guarantee Scheme which aims to offer the most robust reassurance possible to private landlords in Scotland – providing up to 15 months guaranteed rent cover and up to £100,000 in legal fees for an agency fee of just 3%. This, combined with the team’s local market understanding, experience, strategic locations, long history in both the private and social sector and their dedicated property managers have been putting them at the top of the Google rankings.
Mohsin said, “I’m not going to lie, I have my worries about doing the climb – will the weather conditions be OK? Will we get to the summit in plenty of time to climb back down? Etc etc. But, having lost several loved-ones to cancer I also know that the challenge we’re taking on is nothing compared to what people affected by cancer go through every single day. It will be hard going but I’m looking at it as every step we take will be another person that Maggie’s can help.”
Taylor said, “Like Mo, I’m concerned about the weather conditions and also how slippery it may be on the climb down – I know how much he misses me if I have to take time off work so I need to watch my step! In all seriousness, to achieve our target of £1000 would be absolutely incredible and we are depending on people to share our fundraising page and really help us spread the word – we know the difference it would make to Maggie’s.”
Laura Boyd, Centre Fundraiser for Maggie’s said, “We are so delighted that Orchard & Shipman have chosen to fundraise for Maggie’s Dundee. As a local charity, we support over 9,000 people throughout Tayside who have cancer and their family and friends. We rely entirely on the generosity of our supporters, so this partnership will really help us provide vital cancer support in our community.”
The team will also be sharing photos and videos of the climb on the day itself via Twitter @OrchardShipman, Facebook Facebook.com/orchardandshipman and LinkedIn. To make a donation click here or please share this story via your social media channels to help them reach their target for Maggie’s.