Minister without portfolio?
As Mortgage Strategy went to press last Friday after a tumultuous week in UK politics, we still did not know if Brandon Lewis would be continuing in the role of housing minister.
However, Mole was intrigued to see that the Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth was tweeting ideas for fun days out in his local area over the weekend. Housing commentator Henry Pryor was quick to quip in reply, as the exchange below shows:
Mole sends his hearty congratulations to the staff of Stonebridge Group, the mortgage and insurance network, who have raised £10,000 in recent weeks with a range of events in aid of the company’s chosen charity for 2016, Macmillan Cancer Support.
Activities included dress-down Fridays in Stonebridge’s offices, which raised £375, and a ‘Fashion Victim’ day on which all staff dressed in the worst outfits they could lay their hands on, which raised £339. Three members of staff took part in a ‘Pretty Muddy’ run, raising £195, and 14 employees raised more than £4,000 from their participation in a ‘Paint Run’.
Stonebridge has committed itself to doubling all money raised by staff during the year, which takes the total from these events alone to an impressive £10,000.
Later in the year, Stonebridge will be holding a men-versus-women netball match, with all proceeds again going to Macmillan.
Managing director Richard Adams says: “Our staff never cease to amaze me with their commitment and enthusiasm in raising money for our chosen charity. The past few weeks have been particularly wonderful with many not just willing to dip into their pockets but also putting themselves through some tough challenges in order to raise money.”