It’s fitting that in the same month as Children in Need raised millions for worthy causes, two new echiocardiogram (echo) machines were installed at Great Ormond Street Hospital thanks to the fundraising efforts of charity One Great Day.

One Great Day

The charity, which is supported by firms involved with the UK shopping centre community, such as CBRE, Capreon, Montagu Evans and Savills, organised events in more than 140 shopping centres around the country and raised funds for more than 95 children’s health charities, including Great Ormond Street Hospital.

It’s anticipated that the new echo machines will be used to treat 17,000 children at the hospital next year.

Zvi Noé, partner at Capreon and trustee of One Great Day, says the plan for 2019 is to exceed this year’s fundraising total. “I would encourage any shopping centres not involved to come on board and join us in raising money for Great Ormond Street and over 95 charities that make a real difference to the lives of children around the country,” says Noe.

Top of the PROPS

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The property sector is well known for liking a swift deal but Metropolis was impressed to hear of the fast fundraising on show at the recent annual ‘PROPS’ Breakfast.

Bringing together some 250 leading figures from across the property sector, attendees at the 2018 PROPS Breakfast helped to raise £30,460 in less than one and a half hours for children’s charity Variety.

PROPS events have been running for 27 years, raising more than £10m, and this year’s event at the Dorchester Hotel in the first week of November drew support from the likes of YO! founder Simon Woodroofe and BBC news editor and RESI 2018 host Mark Easton.

The money raised has enabled charity Variety to provide more than 2,000 custom built wheelchairs and other essential equipment to support sick, disabled and disadvantaged children.

PROPS co-chair Emma Sinclair praised the efforts of this year’s event and said: “It’s fantastic to see the great and good of the property world come together to show just how generous a sector they are.”

Here, here with the chilly festive season underway it’s another reason for Metropolis to proud to see the role the property sector can play for wider society.