Tue 09 Dec 2014
Mishon Mackay– making a difference
At Mishon Mackay their aim to help customers buy and sell property is matched by their commitment to help in the community
On Wednesday 10 December, Mishon Mackay are holding the ‘Glenn Mishon Charity Golf Day’ at The Dyke Golf Club and this year all monies raised will be for a great local charity, Martlets.
This will be the event's third year and is held in memory of Mishon Mackay's founding partner who passed away in 2012. The date is particularly poignant to all who knew Glenn, as 10 December is his birth date. In addition, the day has particular relevance to Mishon Mackay staff as Glenn had been instrumental in organising the launch event as part of Mishon Mackay's charity fundraising in 2012, to raise £25,000 in celebration of Mishon Mackay's 25 years in business.
When the charity committee were organising 2012 events in October 2011, no-one had any idea that Glenn would be diagnosed with cancer later that year and would not be with them to see the results of all their hard work. Glenn would have been really proud of his team's success in raising over £34,000 for three chosen charities that year. As part of Glenn's legacy, it was decided that the company should continue to work hard at its efforts to raise money for charity, and these charities should always be local, and where possible have a relevance to members of staff.
Glenn's family chose the charity for this year's Golf Day, and Barbara Mishon felt that Glenn would want the money raised to go to Martlets, as it was a charity he had worked with for many years and had always been very proud of being involved with the Martlets hospice.
The Dyke Golf Club was the obvious venue choice as Glenn had been a member of the club for many years and loved playing golf there.
In addition to Wednesday's Golf Day, Mishon Mackay have been involved in many fundraising projects this year. Alex Mackay comments; “I have been delighted by the enthusiasm staff have shown in terms of supporting our charity fundraising efforts. We never expected to achieve so much in 2012, and to then continue across 2013 and 2014 is a great testament to everyone here at Mishon Mackay. To have so many volunteer their free time and energy to raise money for such great causes is very humbling. I was inspired by everyone's commitment and have personally pushed myself to do as much as possible. I'm currently planning my charity events for 2015, but when I look at the list below I know I am but a small cog in the wheel.”
– Quiz night for Royal Sussex County Hospital Cancer Unit, raising £1,585.65
– Grand Hotel Abseil for Save The Children, raising £1,015.00
– Angela Farthing's Berlin Marathon for MS Society, raising £800
– Rockinghorse Dragonboat race, raising £720
– Tina Templeman Royal Parks Half Marathon for MS Society, raising £525
– Marc Cox's Bike Ride for the Prince's Trust, raising £475
– Macmillan Coffee Morning, raising £463.58
– Quiz Night held on Friday 28 November 2014, ‘Hetty Harvey's Helper’, raising £2,000 (awaiting final confirmation)
In addition to this, the company has also sponsored numerous events and organisations this year including the Lord Mayors Challenge Day, The Kevin Ogle Sarcoma Cancer Trust's ‘Dogs Night’ at Corals, the Queens Park Picnic, the inaugural ‘Funk the Family’ Festival in Hove Park, Moulsecoomb Boxing Club, the Hurstpierpoint branch of the RNLI as well as many events and fairs at schools across the city and Mid Sussex.
Marc Cox comments; “We decided that our marketing strategy should be to invest in local community events that are close to our offices and support the people who live in those areas. Where we can offer support by providing the skills we use every day in our jobs, such as marketing, designing ad campaigns, using our social media etcetera, it seemed the obvious way to help. In addition we have provided printing services for local events and staff have helped distribute the flyers to promote these events. Tonight (5 December) many of our staff are at our Hurstpierpoint office helping to raise money for a local charity in the village by selling hot dogs, mince pies and drinks, and getting people involved in our annual reindeer competition. It can't be said enough how impressive it is that people give up their free time like this to help others.”
Thank you for caring
Martlets Hospice cares for local people from the Brighton & Hove area who are living with a terminal illness. Every year, we care for over 1,000 patients and their families via our 18 bed In-patient Unit, team of Hospice at Home nurses and Day Services facilities. All our care is provided free of charge to patients and their families and we are proud to provide such a vital and much-needed service in the local community. We believe that each and every person is entitled to a good and dignified death and we ensure that, where possible, our patients have the choice of how and where they are cared for. Our care is tailored to the specific needs of our patients and their families and we provide compassion, dignity and independence in all that we do.
It costs £4.8 million to run Martlets Hospice and we only receive 29% of our running costs from the NHS, so we have to raise the majority of our costs from within the Brighton & Hove community from individuals, groups and companies. Every donation we receive is important to us and helps us to care for all those who need our support as they near the end of their lives.
Robert Griffiths, Head of Fundraising at Martlets, says; “We are so grateful to Mishon Mackay for holding their Glenn Mishon Charity Golf Day in memory of such a lovely man and in aid of our patients. Glenn and his family have been great supporters of the Hospice and it is only with such kind support that we can raise the money we need. All at Mishon Mackay know that the money they raise will be very well spent on the patients in our care.”
2015 will be a very special year for Martlets Hospice as we celebrate 18 years of caring for local people. If you, your family or your workplace would like to support the Hospice and our patients during our 18th birthday year, we would love to hear from you.
Please contact Elizabeth Baxter at Martlets Fundraising on 01273 718785 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Playing the game
The Dyke Golf Club (Par 72) course is situated only four miles from the centre of Brighton and is easily reached from the A23 and A27 main roads. The course is widely acknowledged as one of the finest Downland courses in the region, and, despite being at an altitude of 200 metres, has some of the characteristics of a links course, not least the fast greens and sea breezes.
The course is bordered by National Trust Downland and actively managed farmland providing a haven for birds and other wildlife. We place a high importance on the ecological health and diversity of the course and have won national and regional awards in recognition of this. A range of memberships are on offer.
The Dyke Golf Club operates a Tee Booking System. Green Fee players may book a tee time by calling the Pro Shop on 01273 857260, or by booking online via our new Visitor Booking Online System. Societies are most welcome and should contact the Club Office to enquire about available dates for a visit. Please call 01273 857296 ext 2.
The Clubhouse and Restaurant has easy access and is open to all members of the public. If you would like to speak to Paul, our House Manager, regarding a function or wedding, then please contact him on 01273 857296 ext 3.