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Monday 08 April 2019

NAEA Propertymark President Mark Bentley and his family led an 18 mile charity walk along Hadrian’s Wall last Sunday in support of Centrepoint, a charity which works to give homeless young people a place to live.

The following day Mark said: “It was one of the hardest things I have ever done but very rewarding and really great feeling of accomplishment. The last 5 miles were solely about putting one foot in front of the other to get to the end. Getting up and down stairs is almost out of the question today but the support and donations that I have had have made it all worthwhile.”


The 18 miles across rough terrain is particularly impressive given that Mark suffers from ruptured discs in his spine which cause numbness in his left leg and sciatica in his right leg.

The fundraising page has attracted support from across the industry passing the £1,100 mark on Sunday and enabling a significant donation to the 60 services that the charity operates across the UK.

Vikki Johns, Lettings Manager at Ingleby Homes of Stockton on Tees and ARLA Propertymark Fellow also took part in the walk, she said: “I wanted to take part in Centrepoints Hadrians Wall walk as working within the housing industry allows me to meet clients from all backgrounds. Homelessness is something I feel very strongly about and wanted to be able to give something back to a charity that works so hard to ensure no one has to experience this and helps young people back onto their feet.

“I work hard on all levels of the housing market but like to give people the helping hand who need that break and provide them with accommodation to help them search for a job and have a fresh start and Centrepoint has the values of a charity that I 100% believe in.

“The walk was challenging both physically and mentally to keep going but the sense of achievement was priceless at the finish line. A lot of money raised and can’t wait for the 2020 walk!”

86% of the young people that find help from Centrepoint move onto their own homes, connect back with their families, get their first jobs or go to university. Find out more about the fantastic work that they do here

Support for Myton Hospice

The previous weekend, staff from the Propertymark team in Warwick took part in a slightly more humble 5km walk in support of Myton Hospice. The event Glow for Myton attracted more than 1,000 fundraisers from across Warwickshire to take part in a moonlit walk which started with a massive neon powder paint spectacle as participants threw assorted colours of neon powder into the air. Around the route, which also weaved through Saturday night revellers in Coventry city centre, walkers encountered a UV bubble tunnel, enthusiastic stewards, DJs and Zumba. Participants were raising money for a worthwhile cause as well as enjoying a great opportunity to bring staff from different teams together under unusual circumstances.

Myton Hospice provide services free of charge to patients and their work would simply not be possible without fundraising activity by supporters. They operate two inpatient units in Coventry and Warwick with teams of doctors, nurses and health care professionals which all need to be paid for, they provide day hospice services, counselling and support to children who have experienced bereavement and many other services.

Finding a local or national charity event that your team will enthusiastically throw their support behind can be a great opportunity to bring your team together but much more importantly, it can provide fantastic support for any one of hundreds of important causes.