Estate agents’ great fund-raiser

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ESTATE agents have raised £9,000 for charity by donating part of their commission for an entire year.

Jackson-Stops and Staff in Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket pledged to raise the funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care to mark the firm’s centenary year.

Ollie Peacock, partner at the Bury office, said: “We wanted to mark our centenary by doing something for the community. We chose St Nicholas Hospice Care because it is a good cause which is very close to our hearts.”

Hospice corporate fund-raiser Abby Hunt said: “They have managed to raise an impressive amount, for which we are very grateful. This is a great example of a business supporting its community and I hope other firms will get on board.”

Jock Lloyd-Jones, Newmarket partner, said: “It struck a chord with people who have had a connection with the hospice or some personal experience of it.

“I thought if we could raise enough money to keep the hospice going for one day that would be a great achievement and that’s practically what we’ve done.”

St Nicholas Hospice looks after people with terminal and life shortening illnesses and needs to raise £10,000 each day to provide its care.