THE UK-based charity, working with 30 NHS hospital and hospice partners, has recently announced the launch of its Real Estate Committee, created to raise funds and awareness for the children and families it supports.
The Real Estate Committee, which is a first for Spread a Smile, will be chaired by Shaun Simons, Founder of Compton and brings together key industry figures; Richard Fine and Dan Uzan, Brotherton, alongside James Lass, Swiss Life Asset Managers, Michael Mirelman, GRE Finance and Chris Davies, CEO, Uncommo.
Prior to the unveiling of the Committee, Compton had already hosted two very well-attended dinners at their restaurant, with a guestlist from the real estate world, and raised important funds to support Spread a Smile’s work, providing in-hospital and virtual entertainment for critically ill children and their families. The idea for the dinners was conceived following a meeting between Lucy Jackson, the charity’s Chief Executive and Shaun Simons, Founder of Compton, who specialises in commercial office leasing & investment.
Collectively, the group will create opportunities to raise awareness and vital funds for the charity, via a programme of intimate events and industry dinners, at which guests will learn all about the crucial support that Spread a Smile provides.
Shaun Simons said of his role:
“I was blown away when I first learned of the work that Spread a Smile does. They are an amazingly unique charity and the support they provide really resonated with me from the very first introduction. My son, who is now 10, was born 4 months premature and together with my wife, we spent over 5 months in various hospitals whilst he received urgent care. Having had significant exposure to many children’s wards, I can really understand the importance of the service Spread a Smile provides.
“I have worked in the property industry for 23 years, it’s an amazingly social industry filled with great people. I have formed a strong and widespread network and along with my fellow committee members, I’m confident we can help raise the profile of the charity. I’m sure we will have amazing support from the property industry, a sector that currently knows very little about what the charity provides and the joy it can bring to those struggling.
“I simply could not refuse the Chair position and I’m really flattered to be asked, and am eager to get stuck in, personally and professionally. The wider Compton team will also work closely with the Committee and will be supporting our plans across the Compton brand platforms to further spotlight the incredibly important work Spread a Smile does.”
Lucy Jackson, Chief Executive, of Spread a Smile, said:
“I’m so looking forward to working with Shaun and the rest of the committee. I’m incredibly grateful to all of them for giving up their time and making important introductions to support our work and raise funds and awareness. This will enable us to continue to spread smiles to seriously ill children and their families when they need them the most.”
The Committee’s 2023 programme will deliver two events; invite-only dinners with engaging speakers and entertainment. The ambition is to bolster this with more events, plus open them out further inviting members from within the wider property community to get involved, all in an attempt to further raise the Spread a Smile charity.