Charity and social: JLL helps hospice launch The Ark

JLL teamed up with children’s hospice Noah’s Ark to help the charity build its new north London home, The Ark.

JLL was the principal project manager for the build and provided pro-bono support to the Noah’s Ark team to design and build the state-of-the-art hospice facility.

Noah’s Ark has been providing ‘hospice-at-home’ and community-based services to patients in north and central London since 2006. The new building will enable the hospice to increase the scale and quality of the palliative care services offered to children who have life limiting conditions.

Andrew Renshaw, lead director of the professional advisory group at JLL, said: “The opportunity to support Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, on a project as rewarding and fulfilling as this, was a privilege. The planning and project development services team at JLL has long been part of the hospice’s community.”

The Ark was officially opened by Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, on 26 September.

Photo by Caroline Teo, GLA

FirstPort gives a leg up to homeless charity

FirstPort has partnered with youth homelessness charity Centrepoint on its training and employment programme, Centrepoint Works.

The aim of the initiative is to help young people become more employable by gaining essential life skills and training through apprenticeships and learning programmes.

As part of its commitment to the project, FirstPort will provide its first placement traineeship at Lockes Wharf in east London under the guidance of FirstPort development manager Robert Williams.

The firm has supported Centrepoint as a fundraising partner since October 2018.

Property people head to Longbridge for St Modwen Run

More than 250 property professionals from across the Midlands took part in the St Modwen Charity Run on 13 September to raise more than £26,000 for LandAid. Participants in the 5K and 10K run included teams from Avison Young, WSP and Atkins.

A tale of two cities

Howard de Walden Estate didn’t let the weather dampen the start of its inaugural community bike ride on 26 September. The 44 riders departed from London in a deluge of torrential rain and went on to cycle more than 300km to Paris in three days. The ride was led by Club Peloton and raised more than £50,000 for local charity West London Mission, which supports people affected by homelessness, poverty and trauma in Marylebone.

Affordable cycling

Brompton’s sister company, Brompton Bike Hire, has partnered with Ealing Council to offer free bike hire membership to social housing residents at a new development in west London. The initiative aims to encourage a shift away from cars by making cycling accessible to all. Brompton will provide all social and affordable housing residents in Copley Close with a free premium membership to the bike hire service, enabling residents to hire the bikes for the lowest day rate, without having to pay an annual fee.

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