Meet our Rap For A Cause winner: Charlie Chyps

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Kent-based children’s hospice chYps is to receive a £10,000 donation thanks to the rapping efforts of a seven-year-old boy who lost his younger brother to a rare form of cancer.

Charlie, Tony and Oscar Saunders

Scores of contestants battled it out in the online competition in which Dartford-based Charlie Saunders and his father Tony Saunders – rapping as “Charlie Chyps and Divvy Dad” – won the contest with more than 6,000 public votes. They rapped in memory of Oscar Saunders who was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma and passed away last year shortly before his third birthday.

The competition was held in conjunction with a recent advertising campaign in which a number of characters rapped about their property needs.

The contest was closely fought, with Leeds-based 11-year-old Dylan Broadbent – rapping as “Dylz” – in a second place. He was representing The Christie Charity which funds projects at Manchester’s specialist cancer hospital The Christie Foundation Trust.

Both raps received huge online support, including tweets of support from Russell Brand, Mick Jagger, Smiths’ guitarist Johnny Marr,  and comedian John Bishop.

Charlie entered the competition to raise funds and awareness for chYps, the Kent-based children’s’ hospice that looked after his younger brother Oscar during his battle with cancer. By providing homecare, chYps supported the Saunders and allowed them to spend us much time as possible away from hospitals while Oscar was gravely ill. The £10,000 prize is being donated to support chYps’ respite service.

Leigh’anne Saunders with her sons Oscar and Charlie

“Losing Oscar was an incredibly traumatic experience, but without chYps it would have been a hell of a lot more traumatic,” Tony Saunders told

“I kept saying to Charlie, if we get to number one we’re really lucky, but at least we’re doing it for the right reasons.

“If it wasn’t for chyps and the fact they provided treatment at home, we would have been at the hospital non-stop for 18 months. But instead I was still able to run my business and pay the mortgage, Charlie was still able to have a life and go to school.”

Tracie Dempster, Head of Care at chYps said the charity was thrilled to be benefitting from the competition.

“Winning this £10,000 is absolutely amazing and will support the chYps service in so many ways. Much of our service is funded through charitable donations and core services that each family needs, such as specialist nurses that deliver cancer support and chemotherapy rely heavily on monies from the public.

chYps children’s hospice helped care for Oscar Saunders at home

“This £10,000 will help fund our chYps respite service, which is offered to all families. Just imagine what a difference a trip to the seaside could have on a child at the end of their life with competent staff to look after the child for the whole day. We are so thrilled to have won the money and are so grateful to Tony and Charlie for winning it for us in memory of Oscar.”

June 1, 2012 at 12:02 AM Leave a comment

Step inside Musical Memories. Amy Winehouse’s Villa on Sale for 2.7m

10 months after the tragic death of singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse her father Mitch, who reportedly bought the property with her, has decided to sell the property.

The property, which is listed for sale on is on the market with an asking price of £2.7m and is located on Camden Square, Camden, London NW1.

According to Zoopla average property values for Camden Square are currently £871,092 so it is well above average for the street. In terms of the average property price paid on the street, this stands at £618,333 (3 sales in 12 months) and when looking at current asking prices, the average for NW1 is £1,215,611.

The property listed on Zoopla, which is being marketing by House Network is described as:

 …a substantial and impressive three double bedroom, three reception room semi detached period villa with well-proportioned private front and rear gardens, directly overlooking Camden Square and its communal gardens.

Full property details for the property can be found here.

May 31, 2012 at 12:02 PM 2 comments

Feast your eyes on these properties with retro kitchens

Retro cool or in need of modernisation?

What do you think – leave your comments below…

1. 4 bedroom detached house for sale £1,100,000

2. 3 bedroom bungalow for sale £350,000

3. 5 bedroom detached house for sale £1,595,000

4. 4 bedroom detached house for sale £550,000

5. 4 bedroom detached house for sale – guide price £625,000

6. 2 bedroom flat for sale £1,995,000

7. 3 bedroom detached house for sale £650,000

8. 3 bedroom property for sale £495,000

9.  3 bedroom terraced house for sale £200,000

May 31, 2012 at 10:09 AM 2 comments

Homes now on the market for the first time since the 1977 Silver Jubilee

On 7th June 1977 the Queen celebrated her Silver Jubilee and the owners of these five homes bought their properties.

35 years later and the Queen is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee and the owners of these properties are now selling their homes.

Click on the images below to see more pictures and details about each property.

1. 4 bedroom detached house for sale £795,000 Guildford, Surrey GU2

2. 6 bedroom detached house for sale £650,000 Eyhorne Street, Hollingbourne, Maidstone, Kent ME17

3. 4 bedroom detached house for sale £648,250 Green Street, Lower Sunbury TW16

4. 4 bedroom detached house for sale £489,500 Ridgeway, Tranmere Park, Guiseley LS20

5. 2 bedroom bungalow for sale Guide price £295,000 Ford Road, Marlesford, Woodbridge IP13

May 30, 2012 at 1:01 PM Leave a comment

Zoopla to sponsor Premier League club West Bromwich Albion

We are delighted to announce that we have signed a long-term partnership as the principal sponsor of Premier League football club, West Bromwich Albion. The sponsorship deal will take effect from June 1st will run until at least the 2014/2015 season.

The deal, which marks a new phase of brand activity for Zoopla, following its highly successful national TV campaigns, will see Zoopla branding take pride of place on the shirts of the Albion players, throughout the Hawthorns stadium, on official club merchandise, across the club’s website, on match tickets/programmes and on the interview backdrops featured on Sky and BBC football coverage.

Having recently played their last match of the season, the Baggies finished in 10th place this year, their highest ever finish in the Barclays Premier League.

This latest deal confirms Zoopla’s commitment to becoming the UK’s best known online property brand. With only twenty teams in the Premier League, Zoopla joins an elite group of brands including Aviva, Emirates, Samsung and Standard Chartered in securing the principal sponsorship of one of these top class football clubs.

Alex Chesterman, Founder & CEO of Zoopla said: “We are very excited to be partnering with West Bromwich Albion, a family club with a rich heritage and some of the best fans in football. This deal will help raise our brand awareness and reach a huge audience and is a further step in our mission to make Zoopla a household name, synonymous with online property search and research. Our agent members will benefit greatly from the national brand exposure of this partnership as we further cement our position as their most valued marketing partner. We are looking forward to working closely with West Bromwich Albion to ensure that this is a highly beneficial relationship for both parties.”

Mark Jenkins, Chief Executive of West Bromwich Albion Football Club said, “We are delighted to welcome Zoopla as our new principal club sponsor, in what represents the most comprehensive sponsorship deal in the club’s history. We have been impressed by the approach that Zoopla have taken to supporting the club, are confident that they will be a great partner for us and are looking forward to building a strong working relationship with them.”

Adrian Wright, Sales & Marketing Director of West Bromwich Albion Football Club said, “Becoming the club’s main sponsor will help Zoopla extend its reach and audience significantly. Despite having been around for only 4 years, has become a leading player in the online property sector and one of the UK’s most-visited websites. We have found a fantastic partner in Zoopla and are excited about working with the Zoopla team to help achieve their brand and business objectives over the coming years.”

May 25, 2012 at 10:20 AM Leave a comment

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