The PROPS Awards 2022 lunch, a fixture in the property industry’s calendar, has raised a fantastic £350,000 net for Variety, the Children’s Charity. Celebrating its 30th year, the awards at the London Hilton on Park Lane were hosted by former England rugby union star and broadcaster Martin Bayfield.
Since 1992 the annual PROPS Awards have funded the purchase of over 2,000 custom-built wheelchairs for disabled and disadvantaged children across the UK.
At the event, the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Ray Palmer, chairman of Fiera Real Estate. Ray was awarded in recognition of his significant impact on the British property industry – over the past five decades!
Palmer said: “I am honoured to be recognised with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2022 PROPS awards. I am humbled to receive this honour and to be in the company of such an illustrious group of British property icons!”
Ray joins a renowned list of previous PROPS Lifetime Award recipients including Sir Stuart Lipton, Michael Slade, Nick Leslau, Tony Pidgley CBE, Irvine Sellar, David Lockhart, Sol Kirsner, David Pearl, Paul White and Chris Lazari.
Other winners at the awards included Regal London, who picked up the Residential Developer of the Year and JLL, who scooped Residential Agent of the Year. Development of the Year was won by Canary Wharf Group for their One Park Drive project.
Making a guest appearance at the awards and lunch was Dante Marvin, Variety Young Ambassador who is currently playing a starring role on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.
Neil Sinclair, The PROPS Chair and Chief Executive of Palace Capital plc, said: “I want to say a huge thank you to all who attended this year’s PROPS awards and to our sponsors and donors. You are so generous. Many congratulations to the winners and those shortlisted too. The funds raised allow Variety to help disabled and disadvantaged children across the UK – support that in tough times is needed more than ever.”
Conrad Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of Variety, the Children’s Charity, said: “To have raised £350,000 is a terrific achievement. Thank you on behalf of all the children and young people who will receive life transforming wheelchairs. Please remember that your support is making a real difference to children and families today.”