Many readers of The Negotiator may not realise that Graham Norwood, the editor of the trade news website Estate Agent Today, is an occasional volunteer for charity the Samaritans.
In this capacity he is asking the industry to chip in and support his efforts to raise money for its July initiative that will see supporters across the UK each walk a 26.2 mile marathon, which is being called a Samarathon.
He is raising funds for his local Exeter branch – Norwood lives in the beautiful coastal town of Topsham – to help the Samaritans raise cash.
“It’s been a difficult 18 months for everyone in the industry and we all appreciate now how volunteers for charities like Samaritans provide an invaluable service, being there for anyone, whatever they are going through and whenever they are struggling to cope” explains Graham.
“On top of that it’s been a real challenge for all charities to raise money in the past 18 months – therefore I hope my small contribution can be supported by the industry” he adds.
The money he raises will help the 20,000 volunteers who, like Norwood, give up their spare time to be there for anyone, whatever they are going through and whenever they are struggling to cope.
Mental health is high on the agenda within the industry – many agents have found it a challenge to make it through the financial challenges of lockdown last year and the work demands of the boom that has followed with many working long hours.
Norwood is asking agents to give money via his fundraising page which features both himself and ‘an embarrassing’ picture of his canine walking companion.
The journalist is no stranger to walking – he told Ed Mead last year that walks with his dog were a key way that he alleviated the stress of being cooped up at home during the Covid lockdown.