Progress at Low Cottage – some large conifers needed culling at Low Cottage to make way for the new builds – along came Furlonger Tree Services who as well as doing a great job on site, very generously offered a donation to a local Charity.
Give it Away Limited is a Company who will undertake projects whose total profits will be given to children and young people in need. These profits will be generated through the development and building of property.
The Company was founded in 2005 by Charlotte Grobien, a resident of Putney, Wandsworth, and its first undertaking
was the building of two new homes in the Putney Heath area followed closely by one in West Putney. These were major
projects and the profits generated have been of substantial use to children and young people in need, mainly in the Wandsworth and London area.
The aim of Give it Away is to make a difference to the lives of young people living with injury, disability, disadvantaged circumstances or who lack social or educational opportunities for their future. By providing support and funding through charitable organisations who work in these areas we know that we are making a positive difference to their lives. Wherever possible, registered charities who support local causes and who do not receive statutory funding are our major beneficiaries.
All profits from the sale of the properties, which were completed in February 2007 were distributed after interest re-payments on the loan and all other bills were met. In Spring 2007 the first big give away took place and in total £705,000 was distributed. Under the news section you will see these wonderful moments! In 2009 the aim to continue generating profits continued with two “buy to let” apartments in Queen Mary’s Place, Roehampton.
This has continued successfully with income from the rentals helping the give away total. The Penthouse flat was sold in 2012 and the capital gain also given away. A new property was bought and rented in Sutton, Surrey to add to the income. The total given away to date is approaching £1,100,000 so the famous One Million pound goal was reached! See the News Section for what happens next and view the Gallery to see the party we had!
The Company is managed by Charlotte Grobien whose skills lie in sales, management, marketing, risk taking and “good ideas” rather than in the technicalities of building houses! She has personally selected and visited all the charities that the Company intends to support and she works closely with them. Charlotte was also responsible for the task of “maximising” the profit available when the properties were sold and for the interior concepts and design. The response to requests for “support” in this venture has been overwhelmingly positive and we are very grateful to the suppliers we have worked with who entered into the spirit of this project. In particular thanks must go to Laurence Goodman of Sage Consulting who advises on all aspects of structural matters and construction detail. Everyone who is “supporting” us is listed on this web site under “Supporters” and Give it Away is indebted to them for their kindness and touched by their generosity.
A full list of supporters plus a full resume of the charities who benefited and for how much, will be available once the properties are sold and the total profits distributed.