The Mortgage Mole

A day at the races

Last week was Cheltenham Races and as usual the great and the good of the mortgage industry were out in force as was Mortgage Strategy and Money Marketing writer Samuel Dale.

As you can see in this week’s caption pic, Intrinsic’s Emma Hollingworth, London & Country’s Phillip Cartwright, Nationwide’s Gary Salter , Mortgage Intelligence’s Sally Laker, Nationwide’s James Chidgey, Openwork’s Mary-Anne McIntyre, PMS group chairman John Malone and TenetLime’s Gemma Harle, were all there to cheer on the fillies.

Sadly it wasn’t a lucky day for Dale who finished the day down £60 – but that wasn’t the case for the industry’s big wigs.

“John Malone and James Chidgey were cheering deliriously after a big win – in this anti-equine era, at least someone is winning from horse meat,” a downhearted Dale told Mole.

Industry fundraising

Lenders and brokerages up and down the country were posting pictures of their charitable raising efforts on Friday last week as this year’s Red Nose got into full swing.

But full marks to Spicerhaar which revealed that, as well as keeping the Advertising Standards Authority busy with its adverts, the estate agency group was also hard at it from a fund raising perspective in 2012.

In 2012 Spicerhaart staff helped to raise over £117,000 for charity Magic Moments last year.

Launched in 1998, Magic Moments supports the work of a dozen children’s hospices throughout the country. To date, it has raised almost £800,000.

Staff from across the estate agency group pulled out all the stops in 2012 for Magic Moments, raising an incredible total of £117,347 – the highest figure ever in a single year.

From the Three Peaks Challenge to Tea Parties, Spicerhaart staff took part in dozens of weird and wonderful activities over the last 12 months as part of their ongoing commitment to the charity.

Among the fund raising efforts planned for 2013 is an attempt by Ellie Padbury and Katie Wheatcroft at Spicerhaart to raise over £5,000 by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in July.