In order to remain operational Woking & Sam Beare Hospices needs to ensure the cost effective management of our commercial properties, which includes our 18 retail outlets, warehouse and offices. As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility, leading chartered surveyors and commercial agents Curchod & Co wanted to do something to give back to the community they operate within. With Curchod & Co’s offices located in Weybridge, Woking, Farnham and Camberley there is a good regional fit between us. Many of Curchod & Co’s staff and clients live within the six Surrey Boroughs we deliver our care across.
Richard Newsam, Partner at Curchod & Co, comments: “For us, it really resonates with our core values by being able to give back to the community by providing our property services pro-bono to our local charity Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.”
Curchod & Co first started working with us 18 months ago and since then they have provided valuable advice on a pro-bono bases on all matters related to our commercial properties. This has included lease renewals, acquisitions of new rentals, valuations, surveys and reporting, building works and ensuring maximum value and cost savings wherever possible.
It is conservatively estimated that, to date, the services that Curchod & Co have provided are worth approximately £40,000, but we anticipate the real value to be much more. What this means in real terms is that the money we would have had to spend on our property management, can instead be reallocated to support the costs of delivering our care. With over 70% of our care in patient homes this saving is the equivalent of running our community team for 9.2 days.
Taking it a step further
Katie Hemblade, Surveyor and Valuer at Curchod & Co, has not only put together a team of seven of her colleagues to do the Surrey Half Marathon in March, she has also signed up to run the London Marathon in April to raise money for us. We are very impressed.