For the past 2 years RICS matrics has been running an appeal in aid of LionHeart: “Under 35’s Raising £35,000” and this target was achieved on Friday 4 July, ahead of the 31 July 2008 end date.
The Appeal total currently stands at £37,353 although we expect the final amount to exceed £40,000. This has been achieved by the members and local groups of RICS matrics working together at specific Charity Events, sporting challenges, social and educational events.
Events took place across the UK, from Cardiff to Cumbria, Belfast to Bristol, Kent to Cornwall, Devon to Derby, Edinburgh to Essex, Lancashire to Lincolnshire, London to Leicester, Marches to Merseyside, Nottingham to North Staffs, Sussex to Southampton.
To raise the monies Member of RICS matrics worked together to organise Auctions, Raffles, rattled collection tins, throwing themselves into the challenge and in one case out of an aeroplane (with a parachute) to raise money any which way they could.
Whilst many members might assume LionHeart is for retired members, in fact 87% of new beneficiaries are of working age and 3% are under 35. RICS matrics provides networking, support and other opportunities for students, trainees and newly qualified members of RICS.
Charles Fifield (RICS matrics UK Chairman 2007/8) said “I would like to thank all those who have contributed and whilst the formal appeal has now ended, RICS matrics continues to raise both awareness and funds for LionHeart at Local Events and our new Chairman Ashley Cooper, will also be aiming to raise monies in aid of LionHeart during the 2008/9 Session, for further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org “.