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Platform raises cash for kids&#39 dream holidays

Platform Home Loans has raised £3,000 for Dreamflights, the UK charity devoted to sending seriously ill children on a holiday of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida.

The money was raised at Platform&#39s annual golfing event, which was held in Le Touquet, France at the beginning of July and a cheque was presented last week.

Players were asked to report each other&#39s indiscretions and misdemeanours on the course. Fines were then levied against offenders for incidents including one player who injured himself dancing too vigorously at the disco so he couldn&#39t play the next day and another who managed to find the same water cover from two different tees.

The fines raised £1,500 while the other £1,500 came from The Mortgage Operation managing director Mark Charlesworth, who bid for two fly and dine flights to Le Touquet with Lydd Air.

Platform Home Loans head of sales Jeremy Duncombe says: “We&#39re delighted to donate this money to Dreamflights. Over the two days we had a lot of fun raising a lot of money for a worthy cause. We even hijacked a lone Frenchman on the course who simply could not refuse joining one of the teams for a whole round.”


£20m promotion for &#39plan from the Pru&#39

Prudential is spending£20m to promote its “plan from the Pru”, which marks a change in strategy for the firm, diversifying from its core business of with-profits and annuities.The return to a virtual “man from the Pru”, first revealed by Money Marketing four weeks ago, means the company is offering basic financial planning information on the […]

Why FSA must address the transfer issue

I am writing with regard to a paper called To Switch Or Not To Switch, That Is The Question, by Isaac Alfon of the FSA&#39s economics of financial regulation team.The article quite rightly addresses the question as to why the introduction of stakeholder pensions has done little to persuade investors to switch away from plans […]

The flexible future

With flexible mortgages becoming an ever more popular choice, it seems hardly surprising that most lenders offer a variation of one sort or the other for almost every kind of borrower.However, opinion in the market remains split. Some strongly advocate flexible mortgages while others believe that flexibility is a mere marketing gimmick and that actual […]

DWS targets Europe

Deutsche Asset Management, which is rebranding as DWS Investments, has introduced the DWS European opportunities fund.The fund, along with the recently created DWS UK opportunities fund, is a higher-risk, addition to the Oeics in the company’s existing range. It aims for capital growth by investing in a concentrated portfolio of 25 European stocks, excluding the […]


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