The mortgage mole

Rip Hips Last Thursday was a big day for the industry – the end of Home Information Packs. Long before they were formerly legislated for in August 2007 the industry campaigned to see the back of the packs, and they finally got their wish.

And for those who want to relive the exact moment when our new coalition government cocked the gun and put the final bullet into the doomed legislation, the Department for Communities and Local Government has put a commemorative video celebrating the event on Youtube. So if you want to check it out, search Youtube for ’Eric Pickles announces HIPs are history’.

Child support The mortgage industry has come over all charitable and it warms Mole’s heart to see so many industry colleagues doing good for others.

First up is Callcredit Information Group that has rallied a team of keen cyclists to take part in the Coast-to-Coast Cycle Challenge in a bid to raise £10,000 for the NSPCC’s Child Voice Appeal. Taking place on June 24 and June 25, the challenge involves six staff and 24 clients of the Leeds-based credit and marketing solutions company who will ride a gruelling 135 miles.

The journey will start from the west Cumbrian harbour of Whitehaven, with the team passing through the northern Lake District, continuing up to the northern Pennines and ending in Sunderland on the east coast.

Entrants have been set the challenge of raising £400 each to enable Callcredit Information Group to achieve its fund-raising target for the Child’s Voice Appeal, which aims to ensure that ChildLine and the NSPCC Helpline are easily accessible for children.

“We are committed to devoting time and energy to supporting worthy causes and we enjoy bringing together volunteers from our clients, who take up our challenge to help,” Mike Davies, Callcredit business development director, told Mole. “This year, it’s great to feel that we’re playing a part in helping the NSPCC with its Child’s Voice Appeal.” Good luck guys!

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Peak condition And congratulations to Peter Birch, chairman of Mortgage Talk, and his team of colleagues (pictured below), which includes Kevin Simmonds, Lee Cardwell, Mark Jones, Andy Smith, Scott Howitt, John Gillies and Jonathan Borrington.

The gang climbed three peaks, Ben Nevis, Scafell, and Snowdon, in less than 24 hours to raise money for Bluebell Wood, Help for Heroes and Orchid. The team accomplished the feat in 23 hours 15 minutes. “We did it!” an exhausted Birch told Mole. “And for those doubting Thomases here is a picture of us after the first climb, Ben Nevis – it was freezing. It rained constantly up Scafell. Snowdon was more pleasant but by then we were having trouble putting one leg in front of the other.”

If you’d still like to show your support donate at www.charitygiving.co.uk/ 3peaks. Well done to Birch and the team.

Key Retirement Solutions’ Dean Mirfin hands over the keys to a Mini Cooper to competition winners Sheila and Allen Davies

Can you put the boot in to your nearest and dearest to win this delectable bottle of bubbly? In addition, competition sponsor Tiuta will donate £100 to Great Ormond Street Hospital. Submit a witty caption for the photo above and you will be automatically entered into our prize draw. Remember, the funnier it is, the more likely you are to win. What are you waiting for? Email only printable captions to mortgage.strategy@centaur.co.uk”Chris didn’t see the funny side – he’d already paid for his HIP.”

Mortgage Strategy has teamed up with The Charlbury Group to offer you the chance to win exciting iPod speaker. All you have to do is find the green tree hidden in this week’s issue and email mortgage.strategy@centaur.co.uk. Winners will be chosen at random.