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Mole would like to celebrate the efforts of 13 Leeds Building Society branch staff who recently joined forces to raise £3,864 for a local cancer charity, Candlelighters.

The assistant managers took part in events including skydives, sponsored walks, tombolas, raffles, cake sales and a ‘Guess the Name of the Bear’ competition. Funds raised will help the charity continue to support children with cancer and their families.

Brian Curran from Candlelighters says: “We’re absolutely delighted to have the support of colleagues from Leeds Building Society.”

Harehills Road branch assistant manager Chhaya Lilapurwala says: “Everyone enjoyed taking part in the events while raising funds for a great cause. We’d like to thank colleagues and customers for their support.”

Five-year fundraising feat

Congratulations this week to the Conveyancing Association, whose annual Free Legal Fees competition for homebuyers has raised over £400,000 since its launch five years ago.

The trade body set up the Conveyancing Charity Foundation to administer all its fundraising events, including its legal fees competition. The prize draw gives clients the chance to win £500 towards their legal costs at the end of their property transaction, for a £10 entry fee, of which £9 goes to the foundation.

Each conveyancing firm chooses the charity it wants to support. For example, Newport-based Convey Law is supporting Children with Cancer UK in 2016 and has raised £35,000 through the competition and other charity projects.

In September, Conveyancing Charity Foundation chairman Lloyd Davies, together with colleagues Geraint Aubrey and Rory Brown from Convey Law, took part in the Three Peaks Challenge, also for Children with Cancer UK.

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Parfait disguise

“Corporate hospitality is not what it used to be,” reflected Mole, on seeing a picture tweeted by Prolific Mortgage Finance managing director Lea Karasavvas of a recent lunch he shared with Skipton Building Society for Intermediaries business development manager Tim Gunning.


In the photo the pair are each preparing to tuck in to what looks like a Granny Smith apple.

“Not even peeled or poached?” mused Mole. “Perhaps they are both following some kind of ultra-strict, clean-eating, raw-food diet?”

Thankfully not. The culinary creation was in fact a Pomme Verte apple parfait served up at London’s Coq D’Argent restaurant. That sounds much more appetising.

Broomstick birthday boy

montlakeMole hears Mortgage Strategy’s Market Watch columnist, Andrew Montlake, celebrated another turn around the sun in a very special way this year when he was serenaded with the Happy Birthday ditty by attendees of the Broomstick Ball.

The evening became even more of a success for Monty as he was the proud winner of a raffle prize. Mole wishes one of Mortgage Strategy’s favourite contributors many happy returns.



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