Bosses become slaves for charity

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Bosses at a leading estate agency swapped running a business for running errands following a slave for a day charity auction.

The skills and talents of blundells managing director steve hinshelwood, director andrew winter and director peter lee were offered to the highest bidder at the company’s staff awards, held at the doubletree by hilton sheffield park hotel.

Members of the senior management team took part in the auction to raise £2,752 for the whirlow hall farm trust. The money will enable disabled children from five local schools to visit whirlow hall farm in whirlow, sheffield. Lucy crapper, senior residential valuer and auctioneer at blundells, ran the auction and was inundated with bids.

Peter lee said: “the slave for a day auction was a fantastic addition to our staff awards ceremony. Andrew, steve and i wore traditional white togas for the auction and we had the opportunity to plead for leniency and light duties.

“Staff at blundells’ human resources department at adept house bid the highest for the opportunity to put me to work and i swapped my usual role valuing homes for washing up duties, tea making, doing the sandwich run and even washing a few cars. It was very different from my usual day at work and a great way to raise money for such a worthy cause.”

Staff at the company’s 17 branches throughout sheffield and north derbyshire also joined forces to raise £5,000 for the children’s hospital charity, the company’s designated charity of the year. The company aims to raise £10,000 for the cause in the coming year.

All the money raised by blundells will boost the children’s hospital charity arts for health programme, which aims to improve the recovery of patients by enhancing the environment and amenities at the children’s hospital, sheffield. The project enables young people to get involved in fun activities while in hospital, such as mural painting, silversmithing, 3d animation classes and book making.

The donation from blundells will also help the charity refurbish the parent rooms on two wards, which provide parents and siblings with comfortable and homely lounge areas where they can recuperate and spend time together.

Tchad western, corporate fundraiser for the children’s hospital charity, said: “the support we have received from blundells is fantastic and we are looking forward to seeing how much fun staff can have raising money for the charity.

“The arts for health project will have a significant impact on patients and their families.”