A fantastic morning of fundraising and tennis saw the LandAid Mipim Classic 2018, sponsored by Towergate Insurance, smash through the £30,000 barrier.
Twenty-eight competitors did battle, under glorious sunshine, on the courts of the Cannes Tennis Club in a hotly-contested doubles competition.
To ensure all players got a fair crack of the whip, the losing teams in the first round moved into a Plate Competition.
After just over three hours of action, Lucy Arthur and Simon Osborne, from AshbyCapital, eventually emerged worthy winners to lift the #MakeARacket Trophy – beating Jonathon Hogg and Randa Khayyat 6-5 in a thrilling final.
In the Plate Final, the Ideal Land Ltd team of Stephen Hutt and James Armstrong were victorious after seeing off Neil Shiner and Jon Eaglesham.
While the triumphant teams enjoyed their moment of glory, the main purpose of the event was always at the forefront of everyone’s mind.
“We’ve had great fun, competitive fun, but most importantly it’s all for a very good cause,” said Arthur.
LandAid is the property industry’s chosen charity – helping young, homeless people in the UK to get off the streets and get their lives back on track. The MIPIM Tennis Classic has been raising funds for the charity since its five founding partners – JPW Real Estate, Folio UK, Inspired Asset Management, Ringley and The Lorenz Consultancy – started the competition in 2015.
While the final total of this year’s event is still being calculated, the figure already comfortably beats the previous record set in 2017 of £20,217.
Founding partner James Lugg said: “This is a remarkable amount of money to raise in our fourth year. A huge thanks to everyone for their contributions and I really do hope that everyone will spread the word, tell their friends about the event and come and play again next year.”
A cheque of 1,399 euros was also presented to the Cannes Community Fund.
Niel Bethell, of High Access, raised the highest individual amount – generating a fantastic £2,105 through his own personal sponsorship.