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Your Conveyancing Services Donates over £3,000 to SANDS in Support of Staff Member

Your Conveyancing Services has donated over £3000 to one of its conveyancers who has undertaken a charity challenge for national charity SANDS (the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) which supports families losing a baby. 

The leading conveyancing practice, which has a growing reputation for charity support, pledged £1 for every 100 steps taken by conveyancer Lauren Forbes as she took on a personal challenge to take over 300,000 steps in a month. 

She surpassed her total to take 310,000 steps, earning a donation of £3,100 from Your Conveyancing Services. 

The funds were raised by the Your Conveyancing Services team through their clients taking part in the Conveyancing Foundation’s Charity Lotto, where clients of any legal practice or property company can donate a voluntary £10 at the end of their transaction, giving them a chance to win £500 in a monthly draw. 

Lauren has been fundraising for SANDS in recognition of the support her brother and his wife received after their baby Finn was tragically stillborn at 32 weeks in 2013. In total, Lauren has now raised over £3385 for SANDS. 

She said: “I am really proud to have raised this much money for SANDS. It has become a personal mission for me to raise as much as I can for them as they provide such incredible and much-needed support to families across the UK. 

“SANDS really helped my brother Kyle and my sister-in-law Hannah when their little boy Finn was stillborn. Even when they went on to have their daughter April, who is now 7, my brother found it hard to walk past the delivery suite Finn was born in when he visited April and Hannah.  

“SANDS provided vital help and support to them after an awful tragedy that no-one ever expects to go through when they have a baby. As their experience showed, it is not an event you can just get over but something that is always with you that you learn to live with through the invaluable help of organisations like SANDS.” 

Funds donated to SANDS support anyone affected by the death of a baby. The charity works in partnership with healthcare professionals to ensure that bereaved parents and families receive the best possible care and it promotes improvements in practice and funds research to help reduce the number of babies dying. 

Last year, Your Conveyancing Services also donated £1000 to SANDS after it was nominated by Lauren for a donation from Lotto funds. 

Managing Director of Your Conveyancing Services Lloyd Davies said: “Charity fundraising is very important to us as a business. At the heart of this is supporting staff’s group and individual fundraising efforts as well as donating funds to worthy charities nominated by staff. 

“SANDS not only carries out some vital support work when families are most in need but also funds research into the causes of neo-natal death to try and prevent further families suffering the same heartache. We are delighted to make this donation to them in support of Lauren’s impressive challenge.” 

The Conveyancing Foundation also helps other businesses to set up their own Charity Lotto to raise funds for charities they wish to support. It has helped companies raise over £800,000 for their chosen charities in the last decade. 

A growing number of conveyancing and property firms use the Lotto to raise funds for charities close to their hearts. 

Jess Smith, Operations Director of The Conveyancing Foundation, explained: “We are very keen to help others fundraise for their own charities through our Charity Lotto. It’s a simple idea which most clients are happy to support when they are buying or selling their house but its end results are incredibly powerful as it enables the Foundation to make much-needed charity donations. 

“We are dedicated to helping any other company that is interested to set up their own Charity Lotto and start fundraising for the causes they care about.” 

The Conveyancing Foundation can be contacted for further information on setting up a Charity Lotto at info@conveyancingfoundation.org.uk or 01633 261794. 

Your Conveyancing Services Donates Vital Funds to the Sparkle Appeal

The Sparkle Appeal has received a £1000 donation after it was among deserving charities nominated by staff at leading conveyancing legal practice Your Conveyancing Services, whose clients help to raise thousands of pounds for charity each year by taking part in the Conveyancing Foundation’s Charity Lotto. 

The Sparkle Appeal was nominated for help by Your Conveyancing Services Managing Director Lloyd Davies after the charity made an appeal for funds as their fundraising has been badly hit by the pandemic. 

Sparkle supports children, young people and their families with disabilities and/or developmental difficulties and provides support and leisure activities throughout South Wales through its Serennu Children’s Centre in Newport,Nevill Hall Children’s Centre in Abergavenny and Caerphilly Children’s Centre. 

Lloyd Davies said the charity was desperately short of funding because of the COVID pandemic, explaining: 

Their services are more in need than ever across Wales but COVID has drastically affected their fundraising.

Sparkle spokesperson Natalie Brown said the charity supported over 300 families a week by delivering activities and clubs such as independent living skills, youth clubs, play clubs, swimming sessions, and cooking, whilst also supporting families through specialist counselling, workshops, and information and advice services.  

She said “Our guiding principle is to ensure that every child is fully supported to participate in valued childhood experiences and has access to the same range of opportunities, life experiences, activities and services, as any other child.  

We are working hard to support our families at such a tough time but our work is not possible without the help and support of our communities to raise the funds we need to keep our services running. But, as you can imagine, COVID drastically changed the way we are fundraising. 

Your Conveyancing Services is one of a growing number of companies raising funds for charity through the Conveyancing Foundation’s Charity Lotto where clients of any legal practice or property company can donate a voluntary £10 at the end of their transaction, giving them a chance to win £500 in a monthly draw. 

Lloyd Davies, who is also Chairman of the Conveyancing Foundation, said the Lotto had helped companies raise over £800,000 for their chosen charities over the last decade. 

I am delighted to see some of funds raised by Your Conveyancing Services clients going to such deserving charities as The Sparkle Appeal. We are very keen to help others fundraise for their own charities through our Charity Lotto so please do get in touch. 

The Conveyancing Foundation can be contacted for further information on setting up a Charity Lotto at info@conveyancingfoundation.org.uk or 01633 261794. 

Your Conveyancing Services Donates Vital Funds to Lifesaving Welsh Homelessness Charity

Lifesaving homelessness charity Boomerang Cardiff which provides vital care and support to the homeless community in South Wales has received a much-needed charity donation from leading charity fundraising conveyancing legal practice Your Conveyancing Services.

It received £1,000 after it was nominated by a member of staff at Your Conveyancing Services, whose clients raised the funds by taking part in the Conveyancing Foundation’s Charity Lotto. 

Boomerang Cardiff works hand in hand with the community to support and prevent homelessness and poverty and help those suffering critical living conditions and social isolation. The charity also assists low-income families and the homeless by providing the equipment they need while being homed or rehomed.  

Your Conveyancing Services Head of Sales Kelly Leworthy, who has been raising funds for Boomerang since it was started and nominated it for a donation, says the organisation plays a crucial role in supporting those in need in and around Cardiff. 

She explained: “I have seen many friends, friends of friends and their families benefit from Boomerang Cardiff which looks after the people of Cardiff and surrounding areas when they are in need of some help or even employment.  

This really helps with our youth, especially when they are between the difficult ages of 16 – 18 and cannot get employment or proper work or cannot go to college for whatever reason.  

During these times, young people can end up going down the wrong track, can be easily influenced or even suffer from poor mental health. Having support to get them into their first flat or having volunteer work which leads to permanent work is a massive help. 

Their motto is: ‘Nobody can help everyone but everyone can help someone’ – which really sums up their fantastic attitude to helping this community and those in need step by step.” 

Boomerang Operations Manager Dave Summers said the donation would be invaluable and would enable the charity’s collection service to run for ten weeks. 

He explained: “We will use the £1,000 donation exclusively for fuel for our collection/delivery van. On average we use around £100 per week, so this donation will last us around 10 weeks which will enable us to carry out, over the course of the 10 weeks, at least 300 collections of furniture and also enable us to deliver at least 30 full essential home starter packs for families and individuals who are moving on from a homelessness situation.’’  

Your Conveyancing Services is one of a growing number of companies raising funds for charity through the Conveyancing Foundation’s Charity Lotto where clients of any legal practice or property company can donate a voluntary £10 at the end of their transaction, giving them a chance to win £500 in a monthly draw. 

Managing Director of Your Conveyancing Services and Chairman of the Conveyancing Foundation Lloyd Davies said the Lotto had helped companies raise over £800,000 for their chosen charities over the last decade. 

He added: “The Foundation can help any legal practice or property company raise money through the Charity Lotto. I am delighted to see some of the funds raised by Your Conveyancing Services clients through the Lotto going to such deserving charities as Boomerang Cardiff.” 

The Conveyancing Foundation can be contacted for further information on setting up a Charity Lotto at info@conveyancingfoundation.org.uk or 01633 261794. 

Senior Industry Figure Joins Your Conveyancing Services to Aid Expansion Plans 

Experienced Conveyancer, Head of Legal Practice and current Deputy Chair of the Society of Licensed Conveyancers Laura Burkinshaw, has joined specialist residential conveyancing practice Your Conveyancing Services as a Legal Director. 

Laura will work alongside current Legal Director Phill Edwards and the directorial team at the award-winning South Wales-based conveyancer as it enters a period of record growth. The Your Conveyancing Services Board of Directors is now nine-strong, with a female majority of six, which reflects a largely female workforce. 

Laura joins Your Conveyancing Services from conveyancing company Sort Legal, which she joined in 2020 as Head of Legal Practice, after spending 11 years at Dezrezlegal as Head of Compliance and Legal Practice. 

Your Conveyancing Services Managing Director Lloyd Davies said: “I am delighted to welcome Laura on board and I am confident she is the right person to strengthen our directorial leadership team and support our ambitious expansion plans as we enter 2022.  

We currently have record staff numbers, having increased the size of the team by 50% to 150 individuals in 2021. We are recruiting and training five new conveyancers a month again throughout the course of this year, as well as welcoming experienced conveyancers. 

We will be looking to open a second office in Newport as well as working HUB offices in Swansea and Leicester this year. Our sister company Convey365 will also be launching our ground-breaking IT case management system to the conveyancing industry this year so it is going to be a very busy time.” 

He added: “Knowing Laura professionally for many years through our time together at the SLC and through the Conveyancing Association, I know that she brings with her a formidable skill set in terms of client service, practice and management. She is also a specialist in conveyancing IT software architecture and design and is ideally placed to support the launch of our Convey365IT system. 

Laura, from Swansea, qualified as a Solicitor in 2006 and a Licensed Conveyancer in 2009, after completing her legal education at Glamorgan University. Laura helped to establish specialist conveyancing legal practice Dezreslegal, obtaining Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) approval for the business while growing and overseeing the business into a successful conveyancing practice, before joining Derby and Cardiff-based Sort Legal. 

She said: “I am very excited to be joining Your Conveyancing Services as we enter an exciting time for the company and the industry. I wanted to work with a company who have the vision to help to move conveyancing into the digital future and, having worked with Lloyd on the SLC Board and being a member of the CA, it is clear to see that Lloyd and the rest of the Your Conveyancing Services Board have the drive to challenge current industry issues and problem areas.  

One of my key strengths is working on and developing processes within case management systems and I will initially be working with the teams here to fine tune our innovative Convey365IT case management system before it is marketed to the wider industry this year. 

The Conveyancing Foundation Helps to Raise Over £10,000 for Yorkshire Youth Homeless Charity

A Youth Homeless Charity has Received Over £10,000 from Private Fundraising and with Assistance from The Conveyancing Foundation’s Charity Lotto

Over £4,400 has been donated by the Foundation to Roundabout, which is committed to preventing youth homelessness in Yorkshire, from funds raised by the team at Convey Law in October.

The Conveyancing Foundation enables legal practices and property businesses to raise voluntary donations from their clients during their transactions through its Charity Lotto, entering them into the monthly £500 prize draw. Nominations are then made to the Foundation for causes and charities in need of support.

Roundabout was nominated as a deserving charity by PM Property Lawyers Managing Director Harvey Harding, who has so far raised over £5,800 for the charity through his own determined fundraising.

Mr. Harding has recently successfully completed the London Marathon and a Serpentine swim in aid of Roundabout and said the charity had been at the centre of the Sheffield law practice’s fundraising efforts for several years with staff undertaking a series of challenges to raise much-needed funds.

An active fundraiser for several charities, he has previously undertaken challenges including marathons and triathlons, a winter sleep out and even a stand-up comedy stint.

Mr Harding explained:

“Over the last two years, I’ve not been able to do much in terms of events but have always run, swam, abseiled, thrown myself out of planes et cetera for charity.

“I therefore thought this year that I should double up both in terms of fundraising and of events because raising money for charity has been difficult during lockdown and furthermore this particular charity needs it more than most because of all the help it has provided to the homeless during lockdown.”

He added:

“The swim was joyous as the weather was beautiful. However, I followed it up with an 8 mile training run where I managed to twist my ankle! The marathon therefore was all the more difficult and, after 16 miles, my ankle unfortunately went but I still managed to finish the event.”

PM Property Lawyers’ fundraising will be further boosted by setting up its own Charity Lotto through the Conveyancing Foundation, said Mr. Harding.

Mr Harding said:

I’ve always believed in giving back and those who can, should – and in my case I’ve always tried to raise a significant sum every year for charities close to my heart. I believe our fundraising will be further boosted by joining the Conveyancing Foundation’s Charity Lotto.

“The Foundation’s Charity Lotto is a fantastic mechanism for us and for other legal and property practices to raise charity funds through voluntary donations. Thank you so very much to Lloyd and the team at Convey Law for supporting Roundabout with their Lotto donations for the month of October.”

Convey Law Managing Director and Conveyancing Foundation Chairman Lloyd Davies said he receives nominations from Convey Law staff and from others in the property and conveyancing sector for worthy causes each month to donate funds to from the Charity Lotto and had been motivated to support Roundabout by Harvey’s inspirational fundraising.

Lloyd Davies explained:

“I have worked alongside Harvey at The Conveyancing Association, where he is also a member. When we heard about his dedication to raising money for this amazing charity, we were only too happy to help and commit funds raised through the Foundation’s Charity Lotto from donations made by Convey Law clients in October to Roundabout.

“Charity Lotto clients are invited to make a voluntary £10 donation to the Lotto at the end of their transaction with the opportunity to win £500 towards their legal fees at the end of each month. This model is available to other legal, conveyancing and property businesses and I would highly recommend it as a smooth and effective mode of fundraising.”

Roundabout Spokesperson Emily Bush said:

“Roundabout strives to support young people in difficult circumstances who find themselves homeless.

“Our wraparound support ensures they are safe, have appropriate accommodation, and receive the support they need to develop the life skills, confidence, and self-esteem to progress to living independently.

“We appreciate the support of individuals, groups and companies, who want to make a difference for these young people.

“We are delighted to have the support of PM Property Lawyers in Sheffield and are very grateful for the generous donation made by Convey Law and The Conveyancing Foundation to Mr Harding’s personal fundraising challenge for Roundabout.”

The charity, which was set up over 40 years, provides shelter, support and life skills to young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It currently supports over 250 young people living in its accommodation every day.

Your Conveyancing Services raise £40,000 for charity in September

Your Conveyancing Services staff were not only busy in the run-up to the end of the Stamp Duty holiday helping clients complete their sales and making valuable savings but they also successfully donated over £40,000 to charity in September.

Your Conveyancing Services Conveyancing Supervisor Rhian Reynolds raised £500 by taking on an epic 2000 squat challenge during what she described as “the busiest month of her life” to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) as a thank you to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for helping to save her stepdaughter’s Rea’s life.

Rhian’s fundraising was boosted significantly by a £13,000 donation from Your Conveyancing Services clients taking part in the Conveyancing Foundation’s Charity Lotto.

Clients donate a voluntary £10 at the end of their transaction with the opportunity of winning £500 towards their legal fees in the monthly Lotto draw. Funds raised from clients taking part in the Lotto in August and September were donated to Rhian’s challenge.

Rhian, who also got married in September, explained that the world-famous hospital carried out life-saving surgery on stepdaughter Rea, who is now 5, when she was a baby:

I took on this 2000 squat challenge during the busiest month of my life for Rea and the wonderful work that is being undertaken at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Rea was born prematurely with a condition called Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula (TOF) which meant her oesophagus wasn’t attached to her stomach so she was unable to eat or swallow. After a few months in Cardiff NICU, she was transferred to Great Ormond Street for surgery.

Rea was in GOSH for a couple of months where she received the most amazing care. She was fed through a tube in her stomach for years but thankfully she is now a happy and healthy 5-year-old child who can and will eat anything in sight. This hospital gave us so much and I wanted to do something small to raise money for such a wonderful place. Thank you to everyone at Your Conveyancing Services for working so hard to encourage our clients to take part in the brilliant Conveyancing Foundation Charity Lotto which raised a fantastic amount of money for this wonderful cause – thank you all!

Matthew Shaw, Chief Executive of GOSH, said:

Firstly, what an incredible donation – I’d like to say a massive thank you to Your Conveyancing Services, to Rhian, and to each and every one of the team, for supporting the life-changing things we do here at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The amazing money they’ve raised is invaluable – it means we can continue to provide exceptional care to the children and young people who are treated at Great Ormond Street every year.

Your Conveyancing Services are great donors for many varied causes and it is a privilege to receive such a remarkable amount. I can’t wait to hear about their next fundraising challenge.”

Laura Savory, GOSH Charity’s Deputy Director of Community Fundraising, added:

We’re so grateful for the support from both Rhian and Your Conveyancing Services to donate over £13,000 to GOSH Charity. Taking part in our Facebook challenges is a wonderful way to get involved with the charity and committing to 2000 squats in a month is no easy feat! Helped by the Conveyancing Foundation Charity Lotto, this incredible donation will make such a difference to the lives of seriously ill children who come to GOSH from across the UK every day, so for that we’d like to say a huge thank you.

In September, Your Conveyancing Services also donated £3000 to a little boy with a rare genetic disorder to aid research into the disease from funds raised by clients taking part in the Conveyancing Foundation’s Charity Lotto.

Elliot, 3, who has the life-limiting muscle-wasting disorder Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, was nominated by Convey Law Director Nikki Fuller.

Elliot’s family have so far raised over £16,000 for Duchenne UK which is campaigning to accelerate treatments being currently developed in NHS clinical trials for Duchenne.

Your Conveyancing Services Managing Director Lloyd Davies did his bit in the bumper fundraising month by completing the penultimate two-day stage of his Offa’s Dyke Mindstep Trekkers’ challenge from Shropshire to Hay-on-Wye.

Lloyd and his team of eleven trekkers have now raised over £23,500 in aid of the Mindstep Foundation in memory of his eldest son Max who tragically took his own life at the age of just 22 in 2018 after suffering from clinical depression.

Funds raised from the 177 walk along Offa’s Dyke national trail will now be donated by Mindstep to a wellbeing centre at St Alban’s RC High School in Pontypool, where Max volunteered in the summer before he died.

Lloyd, who undertook the first arduous week-long stage of the walk in July, said:

We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has supported us along the journey and donated to such a worthy cause. We tackled some very tough and mountainous terrain along the way and battled with some extreme weather conditions and injuries.”

Lloyd said he was “extremely proud” to contribute personally to Your Conveyancing Services’ fundraising record and commented:

We have developed a charity fundraising and caring culture at Your Conveyancing Services which is ingrained at every level of our organisation. Our staff are always prepared to go the extra mile for causes that they believe in and are always keen to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

They work together and support each other to help the charities that are dear to them and this has enabled us to help raise nearly £950,000 for our chosen charities over the course of the last decade. Very well done all.”

The Conveyancing Foundation Charity Lotto is available to all legal practices and those involved in the property industry and has enabled Your Conveyancing Services to become the most successful charity fundraising legal practice in the UK.

Your Conveyancing Services staff in the office and at home completed the bumper fundraising month by raising £1000 for Macmillan Cancer Support by taking part in the recent Macmillan Coffee Morning, despite the challenges of the imminent Stamp Duty deadline.

Activities including a Macmillan Quiz and a Macmillan Cartoon a Colleague competition helped everyone get into the spirit of the national fundraising day on September 24th while cakes were baked and offered for donations around the office.

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