Northwood’s fittest climb Mount Kilimanjaro in honour of the Northwood Foundation

Five of Northwood’s fittest, a leading UK estate and lettings agency with 80 offices nationwide, are set to hike up Mount Kilimanjaro at the end of September to raise funds for the Northwood Foundation.

The Northwood Foundation was set up in honour of Nick Cooper, the former Managing Director, who sadly lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on 22nd August 2013 - exactly one year ago today. The Foundation officially launched in May 2014 and is seen by all as a fitting tribute to a man who contributed so much to both the business and the lettings industry as a whole.

Cooper’s career in the lettings industry spanned three decades, during which time he spent nearly 10 years on Northwood’s Board of Directors and played a pivotal role in the wider industry, working tirelessly to improve professional standards and champion consumer protection through his position as Chairman of the SAFEagent Steering Group.

Each year the Foundation will support a charity that the full Northwood network of over 500 people will raise funds for. This year’s chosen charity is the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, whose mission is to fund world-class research into the disease leading to the development of a test for the early detection and diagnosis of the disease and more effective treatments. Just three in every 100 people diagnosed will live beyond five years. This is the worst survival rate of any common cancer and has barely improved in forty years.

Northwood have set themselves an ambitious target of raising £20,000 by 2015 to coincide with its 20th year anniversary of trading and it’s hoped that the climb up Africa’s highest mountain will help reach that goal.

In preparation of the seven day hike up Mount Kilimanjaro, the ‘Northwood Five’ which includes Gemma Goodson, CEO; Director’s Nick Harris; Stuart Calvert; and Stephen Summerhayes; and Bristol office team member, Jack Honeyford have begun their intense training with a trek up Wales’s largest peak, Mount Snowdon.

Goodson, CEO at Northwood, says: “We’re determined to meet our target of £20,000 by 2015 for the Northwood Foundation. We have been getting ready for the climb with a trek up Mount Snowdon which many would see as a challenge in itself. We’re hoping that the property industry and public will get behind us and donate to the worthwhile cause, which is a fitting tribute to a man that gave so much to the industry.”

Northwood will be working closely with the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund founder and CEO, Maggie Blanks, to ensure they make the most of their charitable activity.