Category Archive: Community

Help us to help others…

2020 has been the strangest of years and we at George F. White recognise the need to support those causes struggling and in need now more than ever.

So many charities are suffering the adverse effects of lockdown and have had their fundraising activities hampered like never before and we want to help. At a time when we would usually all be getting together for festive drinks and nibbles, we will this year be giving that money usually spent on entertaining to help two North East Charities.

The Children’s Foundation – A northeast charity focused on improving the health and well-being of children and young people across the North East.

Great North Air Ambulance Service – Brings pioneering pre-hospital care to the scene, rescuing hundreds of severely injured or ill patients every year.

How can you help? We need you to vote for either The Children’s Foundation or Great North Air Ambulance Service. The winning charity will receive a cash sum of £350 and in this competition, there are no losers so the runner-up will receive a £150 donation.

All you need to do is click on the link below and vote for your choice of charity and we will do the rest!

But wait, there’s more!

When you cast your vote you will have the option to enter into a free prize draw to win a delicious three-course luxury box for two complete with a bottle of champagne provided by Haar At Home.

Click here to submit your vote and opt into our prize draw.

Fan [Tache] tic

A trio from George F. White is taking part in Movember20. James Oliver, Richard Addison, and James Brett from our Northumberland team have all volunteered to tender their fledgling taches in support of this worthy cause.

Check out our social media channels to keep up with their efforts and click here to show your support by way of a donation.

Charities Act 2011: Why do you need to be aware of it?

Have you ever wondered how a charity with multiple trustees agrees to sell a property asset; or are you a trustee in a registered charity looking for advice on disposing a property asset? James Carruthers, Associate, explains what the Charities Act 2011 is and why it is legislation.

Charities Act 2011

What is the Charities Act 2011?

The charities act is a piece of legislation that states that when a registered charity wishes to dispose of a property or land asset, either by way of sale or a lease with term of greater than seven years, it is required that the trustees obtain a written report on the proposed sale or lease from a qualified surveyor giving advice prior to entering any agreement.

 

Why is it required?

The valuation report is to provide an opinion as to the current market value of the property, whether any works are required prior to disposal as well as opinion on the best method of disposal and the most appropriate marketing strategy for the property to achieve the best price possible.

The Charities (Qualified Surveyors’ Reports) Regulations 1992 set out further, and very detailed, items that a Qualified Surveyor should look to include within their report. It is therefore essential to choose a surveyor with the knowledge of the relevant legislation and the experience of providing charities with key strategic advice with which to achieve a successful sale at the optimum price.

 

How can we help?

At George F. White, our experienced team of RICS Registered Valuers have extensive experience of acting for a wide range of Registered Charities and in valuing an extensive range of property assets for Charities Act 2011 purposes; including former education facilities, places of worship, residential care properties as well as more typical asset classes such as land, commercial units and residential dwellings.

This experience and expertise enables us to provide our clients with the clarity to help make the right decisions and achieve the best possible results.

For more information about our valuations service, please visit our valuations page.

HospiceCare North Northumberland: Helping with their Big Move

Our Alnwick team have donated vital communication technology to HospiceCare North Northumberland as they move to their new home at Greensfield Court in Alnwick.

After 20 years in their Alnwick building, HospiceCare are moving to Greensfield Court on the Greensfield Industrial Estate; a building that will allow them to further grow and develop their dementia and hospice at home services across North Northumberland. The bigger site required significantly more technology and we were delighted to be able to help with a donation of eight monitors, giving the team the communication technology they require to continue the care and support they offer to people living with life-limiting illnesses.

HospiceCare

Craig Ross, a Partner and Planning Consultant at George F. White, said: “Community is a huge focus for us here at George F. White. When we heard that HospiceCare North Northumberland needed a bit of a help moving into their new premises, we were determined to assist in any way that we could as part of our GFW Community programme. We’re in the process of refurbishing our Alnwick office, therefore were pleased to know that any spare equipment could not only be of use, but to ensure that such a meaningful charity could continue to growth their vital resources across North Northumberland.”

HospiceCare North Northumberland has now opened their new Wellbeing Centre.

Craig continued: “The new Wellbeing Centre is fantastic news for town. HospiceCare are relied upon for many families in North Northumberland; their new centre will be the first of its kind in over 30 miles, meaning that users can access the services they need in their local community.”

Next year see’s the charities 25th anniversary and the move signifies how far their services have grown and developed from a small borrowed premises in Shilbottle in the late 90’s.

HospiceCare North Northumberland’s CEO, Paul Jones-King added: “We are hugely grateful to the team at George F. White for their very kind donation of eight preloved computers monitors which now allows our nurses, for the first time, to have a computer each enabling them to access our new electronic care planning system, which will revolutionise the way we plan our care delivery.”

If you would like to get involved and volunteer at the new HospiceCare North Northumberland premises, please get in touch with Kelly Burton on kburton@hospicecare-nn.org.uk or by calling 01665 606515.

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