Pictured — the partners (back) Stephen Bradford, Sam Elkington, Peter Hornby, (front) Tim Shaw, Daniel Race

Lincoln-based chartered surveyors Hodgson Elkington will celebrate 20 years of business in the city next month with a bang.

The firm will host a champagne reception for its employees, clients and local leading business people at a Lincoln hotel on November 12.

The event will mark 20 years to the day since the firm emerged in 1990 during the depths of the last property recession.

This followed a management buy-out from Prudential of the commercial and professional divisions by Sam Elkington and Chris Hodgson.

Hodgson Elkington’s Senior Partner, Sam Elkington said the next few years in the trade will be challenging:

“We have seen our business grow considerably over the first 20 years and along with a well established client base we now feel that the time is right to move forward.

“The uncertainties of the current economic climate are, however, not so very different from those that we have faced in the past when we started this business.

“We now look forward to the next 20 years with optimism and enthusiasm.”

Hodgson Elkington, based at Oak House on Doddington Road, have over 30 staff, 8 of which are charted surveyors.

Sports coaches in Lincolnshire are being encouraged to take part in a free course that will allow them to include disabled people in their activities.

The Typhoo For All Disability Inclusion Training course will take place at Bishop Grosseteste University College on October 17 from 9am to 4pm.

Coaches will learn how to make lessons more accessible for disabled people through theoretical and practical sessions, run throughout the day.

The course will be delivered by an accredited English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) tutor.

Organiser of the course and Coach Development Manager at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership Lizzie Couling said: “This is an excellent opportunity for coaches to get some free training and information about including people with a disability into their sessions.

“I hope that many coaches in Lincolnshire will see the benefits of this course and take up this opportunity.”

The deadline to register on the course is next week on October 6.

Source: Lincolnshire Sports Partnership | Photo: B Cheng

A Lincolnshire athlete and above-knee amputee is set to climb Mount Kilimanjaro next month to raise money for charity.

Andrew Skinner, a Great Britain Sitting Volleyball player from Lincoln, will tackle the mountain on October 13 with 15 other people.

He is hoping to raise £3,500 for LimbPower, the providers of the Amputee Games.

The Amputee Games, which helps generate interest in disability sport and recruiting new players, costs £20,000 to operate.

Skinner set up and plays for Lincoln Sitting Volleyball Club, East Midlands Sitting Volleyball Club, and also represents Great Britain.

He is looking forward to the climb, but admits that it will be a challenge.

He said: “This is a climb of a lifetime, to achieve this would be amazing, not just because I’m an amputee but to let other people with disabilities out there know there is more to life. We aren’t different, we are unique.”

Director of Development for Volleyball England Janet Inman said: “It’s great to find an athlete that is constantly challenging himself to achieve great things, Andy is an inspiration to all those who know him.

“His determination and focus means he usually achieves what he sets out to do. I’m sure everyone in Lincolnshire wishes him well both in this challenge and in his 2012 ambitions.”

Source, Photo: Lincolnshire Sports Partnership