Mortgage Mole

Intrepid Mole, digging up the stories behind the news

Jumping at the chance

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Mole has an unusual story for Mortgage Strategy readers this week. Skipton Intermediaries intermediary relationship manager Mitchell Jackson has recently jumped six times from a Second World War aircraft over Arnhem in the Netherlands to mark the anniversary of Operation Market Garden.

Jackson’s father (above, right) is ex-Airborne Forces and his great-uncle fought in the battle itself in 1944, so the event had great personal resonance.

And not only did Jackson partially recreate the actions of those who fought 72 years ago but he raised more than £600 in the process, for Leicestershire hospice LOROS.

What an achievement – especially because there were, apparently, quite a few minor injuries among his fellow jumpers but Jackson walked away unharmed.

Running out of adjectives

Mole hears that Countrywide corporate business operations director Paul Hunt has truly been bitten by the marathon bug.

Last week Hunt ran the Dublin Marathon to raise money for Isabel Hospice.

He describes himself as “not a natural runner” but has already run the Brighton and Southend half-marathons this year, as well as the London marathon. He tells Mole that, as a result, he has lost five stone.

Bringing it home to him

With the nights drawing in and temperatures dropping, Mole spares a thought for humans unfortunate enough to be sleeping outdoors.

Among that number recently was Masthaven managing director Jon Hall, who swapped his bed for a sleeping bag to help raise money for the London homeless as part of the CEO Sleepout event.

Hall works in the West End and says passing rough sleepers as he walks along Oxford Street provides a constant reminder of the issue.

Target audience

Mole hears that Target Group co-group chief executive Ian Larkin has visited the corridors of power recently.

Larkin was invited to the House of Commons to speak about customer service in the lending sector. He told MPs how lenders could learn from past mistakes and successes to give borrowers better service for less.

Mole is always glad to hear of members of the industry banging the drum with politicians. It’s good for everybody involved, not least the consumer. Kudos, Ian!