Surveyors, fellow professionals and developers active in the North East and Yorkshire property markets got together yesterday to support a North East vs Yorkshire Property Rugby Festival at McCracken Park, Gosforth. The event saw over 400 property professionals come together to network and raise funds for St Oswald’s Hospice, which provides specialist care to North East adults, young people and children with life-limiting conditions.
Alongside stalls, games and a half time touch rugby match, the main event was a close fought contest between the two regions. The game was tight and physical, with the North East side pipping their Yorkshire colleagues to the post with a score of 24 – 21.
Luke Symonds, Associate Director in the Newcastle GVA investment team skippered the North East side and said: “It was a pleasure to welcome the Yorkshire Property team to the North East, they are a well drilled side with some standout players and the lead changed hands a number of times throughout the game.
To claim a win is fantastic though the aim was to get together and raise money for a very worthy cause so we are really pleased. GVA has a long history of supporting North East charities and following the success of the rugby festival we hope this will be a regular event.”
Over forty Surveying firms were represented across both teams and the event attracted a number of regional and national sponsors including Quorum Business Park, GVA, Knight Frank, Ryder Architecture, PD Ports, Mincoffs, Pattinson, Hanro, Naylors, Silverstone and Cecil M Yuill, raising over £4,000 for the hospice.
Siobhan Sargeant, Senior Corporate Fundraiser at St Oswald’s said: “We’re thrilled to have been selected as the chosen charity at this year’s inaugural rugby match at Northern Football Club.
The wonderful teams at GVA, Knight Frank and Silverstone have done a phenomenal job organising the match and the day itself has been fantastic. The event was also a brilliant networking opportunity for the Hospice and we were introduced to several companies from across the North East who are keen to become more involved in the work St Oswald’s does.
We rely hugely on the support we get from corporate sponsors as we need to raise an additional £7 Million each year to continue to keep our doors open and provide the level of care we do. We are so grateful to everyone involved in organising the event and hope to work together soon.”
The organising committee are most grateful to the staff and members at Northern Rugby Club for hosting and helping to organise the festival as well as providing coaching for the newly formed home team.