A Hampshire centre for adults with learning difficulties will receive a financial boost thanks to the support of property professionals in and around Portsmouth.
Around £5,000 was set to be raised by Portsmouth Property Association (PPA), which has a record 150 members, including estate, lettings and property management agents, commercial property agents, chartered surveyors, developers, accountants, solicitors and bankers.
The fundraising highlight was the annual charity dinner held by the PPA at the city’s The Royal Maritime Club, with 230 guests attending.
Monies from a grand auction and raffle will go to New Blendworth Centre in Horndean – the charity is the one chosen by PPA Steve Cripps and provides work placements in horticulture.
Afterwards, Steve said: “We were overwhelmed by the generosity and backing of PPA members – our annual charity dinner continues to be one of the highlights of the business community’s calendar.”
He added: “It would also be important to say that all of us have a part to play in the regeneration of the city.”
Steve, who works for NatWest in Fareham as the SME relationship manager, is the first high street banker to hold the position of PPA chairman since the organisation was formed 96 years ago. He is to be chairman for a second consecutive year.
The event was sponsored by Portsmouth legal firm Verisona Law and The News in Portsmouth, with the city’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Jonas, a top-table guest. PPA made a £250 donation to his charity fund.
Guest speaker Geoff Miller OBE, who played 34 test matches and 25 one-day internationals for England before becoming National Selector for the England team from 2008 to 2013, brought the house down with humorous stories about his professional career.
In one anecdote, he recalled how his own father, fearing for Geoff’s safety, admitted shutting his eyes in terror as he watched his son at home on TV face a near-100mph ball in the then-youngster’s Test batting debut for England against the West Indies in August 1976.
“It must be hereditary,” joked Geoff, to gales of laughter.
The grand auction, carried out by auctioneer and keen PPA supporter Clive Emson, the founder and chairman of regional land and property auctioneers Clive Emson, raised £2,140.
One of the nine lots, donated by the PPA, for a petrol-head ride in a super-car, attracted the highest bid of the night at £340.
Other lots, from signed soccer memorabilia to a tour and Champagne lunch at the Royal Albert Hall in London, were donated by the PPA, Ralph Evans of Hayling Island, Tigertiger, Property Search Group, Rob Paul Studios and The News.
A Hampshire centre for people with learning difficulties is set to benefit by thousands of pounds from the Annual Charity Dinner being held by the Portsmouth Property Association (PPA).
Former England cricketer and in-demand after dinner speaker Geoff Miller will be the star turn at the PPA’s prestigious black tie event at the Trafalgar Ballroom in the Royal Maritime Club, Portsmouth, on Friday. (Feb 26)
Around 235 members and guests are expected at the venue – the former Royal Navy Sailors Association Club in Queen Street – to boost funds for the New Blendworth Centre in Horndean through a grand auction and raffle.
The PPA has raised more than £75,000 for charity over the last 10 years.
PPA chairman Steve Cripps, who is set to stay at the helm of the organisation for a second year, nominated the New Blendworth Centre as the chosen charity for his year-long tenure.
Fareham born and bred Steve, SME Relationship Manager at the town’s NatWest Bank and the first high street banker to chair the PPA in its near 100-year history, said: “The centre has created an environment for adults with learning disabilities by providing work placements in a horticultural environment.
“I have known them for nine years and I know much of their sterling work goes unrewarded so I felt they deserved to benefit from my year in office and it is satisfying to watch them grow.”
Steve added: “We have all gone through some very challenging times in recent years there now seems to be an air of confidence around us all.
Citing examples such as the success of the Americas Cup last year, development of the base for new aircraft carriers and the Northern Quarter project being back on the agenda, he said: “An economic upturn is certainly here. The future seems buoyant for our area, but we must remember we all have a part to play in the regeneration of the city.
Guest speaker Geoff Miller OBE played 34 test matches and 25 one day internationals for England before becoming National Selector for the England team in 2008.
The Chesterfield born off spin bowler and lower middle order batsman made his debut in 1973 and captained Derbyshire before moving to Essex, scoring an impressive 14,000 runs and taking more than 1,000 first class wickets..
He took 60 Test Match wickets and hit 1,200 runs, failing agonisingly close to a century with two knocks of 98. His tenure as England selector saw an incredible run of three successive Ashes victories
Respected raconteur, the knowledgeable and self-deprecating Geoff is also said by cricket pundit Simon Hughes to be the ‘last man to field at slip with a whoopee cushion up his jumper’.
The auction will be carried out by keen PPA supporter Clive Emson, of Clive Emson Auctioneers, who will be travelling from his home in Kent to bring the gavel down on a series of exciting lots, including signed 1968 Manchester United v Benfica European Cup Final memorabilia, signed and framed 1980 West Ham Utd FA Cup Final memorabilia, a motor racing experience and a pamper day.
An original match-day programme and rosette from the 1966 World Cup Final went for £600 at last year’s event, featuring hilarious tales from the green baize by former snooker world champion Dennis Taylor.
That night raised more than £8,000 for Ickle Pickles, the charity that helps fund specialised equipment, such as incubators and ventilators, for premature babies in intensive care neonatal units.
Event organiser Rob Marchant, local auctioneer for Clive Emson and a former PPA chairman, said: “We had a fantastic evening last year and I am hoping for more of the same as generous PPA members and guests dip into their pockets for our deserving charity.”
PPA now has a record 150 members, including estate, lettings and property management agents, commercial property agents, chartered surveyors, developers, accountants, solicitors and bankers.
The organisation was established in 1920, when King George V reigned, Lloyd George was Prime Minister and the body of The Unknown Warrior from the First World War arrived from France for symbolic burial in Westminster Abbey.
Anyone seeking information or advice on any aspect of the property world should make a beeline for a brand new event this spring.
The inaugural Property Information Show is being held at historic Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday, March 5.
The event – running from 10am to 4pm – is open to the public and entry is absolutely free.
It is being organised by Portsmouth Property Association (PPA), the ‘voice of property’ in the city and member firms and others will be on hand to offer comprehensive help and expert advice on all property matters.
The PPA is an umbrella organisation with membership numbering around 150 industry professionals in a single recognised body.
Organiser John Blake, of legal firm Warner Goodman LLP, said: “This really is a one-stop shop covering all aspects of the property world.
“If you are going to have anything to do with property in 2016 you ought to get along. It is an ideal place for research and advice.
“It is unlikely that you would be able to make contact with so many industry professionals in such a short space of time anywhere else.”
John added: “The industry is ever-changing and laws and regulations are often updated – so this show is also hugely relevant to people who consider themselves experienced in property matters, such as private landlords and people intending to buy and let a property.”
Professions represented at the Guildhall venue will include estate agents, ‘help to buy’, letting agents, surveyors, housing associations, solicitors, auctioneers, accountants, mortgage and insurance brokers, property managers and search agents.
The show will be arranged as a series of stalls with the industry professionals on hand for one-to-one chats with attendees.
There will also be a charity aspect with Portsmouth charity Central Point – a day centre in Kingston Road providing advice and support for homeless people – set to benefit from donations and offers of practical help.
Members: Claire Battye, Emma Lee, Joe Taylor, John Blake