A number of the region’s property consultancies have joined forces to organise the North East Property Rugby Festival in aid of local charity, St Oswald’s Hospice.

Knight Frank, GVA, Silverstone Building Consultancy and LSH are aiming to triple last year’s total in order to raise a monumental £10,000 at this year’s festival, which will take place on Wednesday 18th April at Northern Rugby Club in Gosforth.

This year’s event has an exciting twist making it bigger than ever before. The committee has secured a further two rugby teams, which makes the 2018 Rugby Festival the battle of 4 regions. With the North East, Yorkshire, North West and the Midlands all involved, it promises to be a great day for networking and a fun day out for all involved in the property and construction sector.

Douglas Cranston, Partner at Knight Frank, commented:

“There are very few families locally whose lives have not been touched by the great work, support and care provided by St Oswald’s Hospice. Not only do St Oswald’s provide end-of-life care but the support they offer in the Children and Young Adults Service is overwhelming.

“We were keen to build on the successes and money raised following last year’s inaugural festival and making it the 4 regions cup was the next logical step. We must pass on our thanks to our Yorkshire, North West and Midland representatives for making the journey and supporting this year’s event. 

“It was a brilliant day last year. The event itself offers a great platform for friends and contacts throughout the property and construction industry to come together in a relaxed and entertaining environment while raising money for a fantastic cause.

“The committee would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved so far for their support. To put it in context there are over 30 companies so far who have donated or provided support and sponsorship which will hopefully ensure NERPF 2018 is bigger and better than ever.

“It is a genuine privilege to work alongside the Hospice and the prospect of exceeding this year’s target of £10,000 is very exciting in itself. We just hope as many people can join us as possible and we have another great year.”

After the committee took a tour of the Hospice they decided that they would like to put their funds towards enhancing the Children’s Hospice. The money the festival raises will be used to purchase mobile sensory equipment, something that will be a great addition to the Hospice and add another dimension to the care St Oswald’s provides.

Siobhan Sargeant, Business Partnerships Manager at St Oswald’s Hospice, said:

“The Rugby Festival was a great event last year. Everyone really got involved, it was a lovely day and the guys managed to raise so much. I’m really excited for this year and it’s amazing to see all the northern regions coming together to support us”.

“Each year the Hospice needs to raise £7.5m through charitable giving, we can’t thank Knight Frank, GVA, Silverstone, LSH and all of the supporting companies enough as the support they give us is incredible.”

To find out more about the North East Property Rugby Festival or to buy tickets please visit the website here: http://www.neproprugbyfest.co.uk/ or to find out how you can get involved and support St Oswald’s Hospice visit their website here: https://www.stoswaldsuk.org/