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Durrants invests in community’s future

16th September 2019

The company deepens its commitment to fundraising with a new charitable foundation.

Durrants, which has been at the heart of the community it serves since 1853, is adding a new element to its community support by forming its own charity foundation to enable local charities and groups to apply for funds raised by the firm during its many fundraising activities.

Dominic Parravani, managing director, believes it is vital for businesses to play an active role in their communities. “We are best known as estate agents but Durrants covers a much wider spectrum than many realise, from building consultancy, agricultural and commercial, through to our auction rooms and successful holiday cottage business in Southwold. We’re proud to be a key part of our community and we feel it’s our social responsibility to help where we can.

“Previously our staff have collectively chosen a charity of the year to support, which has  been very successful, but the new Durrants Charity Foundation will allow us to help even more groups to do vital work for those that live in our community.”

Durrants already supports a considerable number of charitable and non-profit making community groups as well as sports teams across Norfolk and Suffolk. In the past few months alone they have sponsored events at the Harleston & Waveney Valley Art Trail, Southwold Jazz Club and much more.

They offer sponsorship of sports teams, with a particular focus on youth, covering a variety of sports including funding for Southwold & Beccles Rugby Clubs, Thomas Mills High School Hockey, Harleston Magpies and a number of other teams.

Recently funds have also been given to year 8 school students at Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston who are developing an F1 schools racing car for a national competition. Durrants are also often seen out and about supporting major events in the area, such as the Royal Norfolk Show, Grand Henham Steam Rally, Heveningham Hall Country Fair and Diss Carnival.

Applications to the Durrants Charity Foundation are being invited now from community groups in Suffolk and Norfolk with a view to making awards by the end of the year. Groups should contact Durrants Charity Foundation, Durrants, 98 High Street, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6DP.

“We have made it our business to not only get to know our local community, but to learn and grow with them. We believe the Durrants Charity Foundation is a great way to invest in the future,” says Dominic.

View article in EADT Suffolk magazine - October 2019