|Agency staff have been helping their local hospices

Nick Appleby, head of corporate partnerships at Together for Short Lives (second from left), is pres

Nick Appleby, head of corporate partnerships at Together for Short Lives (second from left), is presented with a cheque for £50,291 by Leaders managing director Allison Thompson (second from right) and other staff at the companys head office. - Credit: Archant

National estate agents Leaders has presented UK children’s palliative care charity Together for Short Lives with a cheque for more than £50,000 after reaching its fundraising target for 2016.

The property specialist, with branches across the country, achieved its goal of raising £50,000 for its charity partner last year and has renewed the partnership for 2017, when it will aim to donate a further £50,000.

The latest cheque for £50,291 means Leaders has now raised £95,291 in total for Together for Short Lives since it was named the company’s official charity in January 2015. Together for Short Lives supports all 54 children’s hospices in the UK and is the voice for the 49,000 children and young people living with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition.

Allison Thompson, managing director at Leaders said: “Our employees once again went above and beyond when it came to fundraising in 2016. It is with great pride that we are able to make our highest charity donation in our 34-year history.

“From sponsored walks to marathons, cake sales, golf days, raffles, photography shoots, car washes and gardening, our staff were full of ideas when it came to inspiring ways to raise money. We would also like to thank our landlords who donated a day’s rent to support our fundraising during Children’s Hospice Week last year.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to hand over a cheque for more than £50,000 to Together for Short Lives. Having worked with the charity for more than two years now, we know just how much of a difference this will make to children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and their families.”

Each of Leaders’ 122 branches across the UK were paired with their local children’s hospice to ensure the money they raised went directly towards helping young people in their area.

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There are branches in Ipswich, Woodbridge and Sudbury.

Together for Short Lives works to ensure that seriously ill children across the UK can have as fulfilling lives as possible and the very best care at the end of life.

Nick Appleby, head of corporate partnerships at Together for Short Lives, said: “It’s been another fantastic year of support from the staff at Leaders, going the extra mile to support seriously ill children and their families.

“We are so pleased the target was exceeded, raising over £50,000 for local children’s hospices. We’re looking forward to another great year of support from Leaders, raising vital funds for lifeline support across the UK.”