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The Mortgage Mole

Cash plays Despite holding Precise Mortgage’s second annual industry poker night at his house recently, Mole was intrigued to find out that the firm’s managing director Alan Cleary kept a wide birth from the tables.

“I’m rubbish at poker,” was the reason Cleary gave Mole when quizzed about his reluctance to gamble on the night.

Last year’s pot was split between the two winners, with both walking away with about £1,000. But this year the bulk was given to charity.
The night raised £1,500 for Cancer Research and £700 for a cricket club to put two juniors through training.

The poker tournament was once again competitive and won by Chris Borwick, an associate at SPF Private Clients, with Dale Jannels, managing director at All Types of Mortgages, a close second (see this week’s picture caption).

It is the second time Jannels has finished in the top three at the Precise tournament so he now has one year to practice his poker face.

Peak performance A crack team from Legal & General successfully completed the National Three Peaks challenge last week, climbing Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis, the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in the UK in one day.

In a race against time the team beat the clock by just 12 minutes, completing the feat in 23 hours and 48 minutes.

The clock began when the team set off from L&G’s Kingswood offices and they managed to raise £8,000 for charities including Shelter.

“The team was looking forward to this challenge. It was a hard one given the time pressure but it was also a great team-building one,” Legal & General’s director of housing and external affairs Stephen Smith told Mole.

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