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Connells show they care

23 November 2010

For four years in a row, staff at Connells head office and residential sales branch in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire have supported the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Appeal.

Staff wrapped and filled shoeboxes full of gifts for disadvantaged children across the world to enjoy this Christmas. For the second year in a row the branch in Leighton Buzzard also acted as a drop-off point for the Samaritan’s Purse, so members of the public could leave their shoeboxes at the office for collection by the charity.

“I am delighted with the response we have received to this very worthy appeal. Seventy-three shoe boxes were donated by members of staff and the public which is superb and these will be sent to children in Kyrgyzstan, who for many a shoebox will be their only gift this Christmas” says Christine Webb, Group PR Executive at Connells.

Operation Christmas Child is the UK’s largest children’s Christmas appeal and has been running for over 20 years. Last year almost 1.2 million shoeboxes filled with gifts were sent to children in disadvantaged situations in Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.



Further information

For further information and photography, please contact the press office on 01525 215419 or email Julia Brook, Group PR Manager: or Christine Webb, Group PR Executive:

Notes to Editors:

(L-R) Photograph is of: Connells Group PR Executive Christine Webb and Connells Leighton Buzzard Board of Management Partner, Anna di Rosa

About the Connells Group:

Founded in 1936 and comprising of 464 branches nationwide, the industry-leading Connells Group is the second largest and most profitable UK estate agency network. Last year, the Group generated £54.2 million in pre-tax profits making it the most successful estate agency group in the UK.

In addition to operating under the Connells brand, the Group trades under other well-known local names including Allen & Harris, Bagshaws Residential, Barnard Marcus, Brown & Merry, Fox & Sons, Jones & Chapman, Manners & Harrison, Roger Platt, Shipways, Swetenhams, William H Brown, Sharman Quinney and Pattison Lane.

As well as residential property sales and lettings, the Group has a comprehensive range of B2C and B2B services including new homes, mortgage services, conveyancing, EPCs, surveying, corporate lettings, asset management, land & planning, LPA receivers, auctions and relocations.

The Connells Group is consistently named Best Large Estate Agency at the Estate Agency of the Year awards, winning the top prize for four of the past six years. It is also highly acclaimed in the New Homes category, winning Gold five times in the last six years, and in the Financial Services category for which it currently holds the Gold prize. For more information, please visit

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