Colin’s year ends swimmingly...

Colin with Rebecca Adlington and Michael Stoop
Colin with Rebecca Adlington and Michael Stoop

It broke the bank, but every fancy mouthful was worth it

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Things may be tough in the property market, but the end of 2012 went swimmingly for estate agent Colin Shairp.

Colin, director of Fine and Country Southern Hampshire, based in Drayton and covering an area bounded by Chichester, the New Forest, Winchester and Petersfield, has been made the 1,000th ambassador for the Estate Agency Foundation.

EAF is a charity run by and for estate agents which helps charities for the homeless. This year it organised a 3,000-mile cycle ride round Britain and, at short notice, Colin arranged a civic reception over the August bank holiday weekend for the riders in Portsmouth, as they neared the end of their epic jaunt.

To mark Colin’s ambassadorial role for EAF, he got to meet double Olympic gold-medallist swimmer Rebecca Adlington, OBE as he received a commemorative certificate from EAF president Michael Stoop at the Sunday Times Estate Agency of the Year awards in London.

‘The aim of EAF is to raise £150,000 for charities that this year include Help for Heroes, a military charity that is conspicuous through its rehabilitation of injured servicemen but which also helps those who are homeless after leaving the military,’ explained Colin.

‘I have long been a supporter of EAF but the cycle ride raising funds for Help for Heroes made getting involved an absolute must when I work in a city and region with such strong links to all three armed forces.

‘It was an entirely unexpected honour to be made the 1,000th ambassador and obviously I’m going to have to go some to catch up with the 999 in front of me.

‘But the way Portsmouth area businesses and residents rallied round to help with the reception shows I’ll get plenty of support!’