A COUNTY estate agent’s use of virtual technology has helped it raise more than £1,000 for the NHS as a thank you for its efforts tackling COVID-19.

Nicol & Co, which has branches in Droitwich and Worcester, has been carrying out valuations by live video for anyone thinking of selling their home.

And for every instruction signed up the company is donating £100 to a special fund to assist the local NHS in its battle against the pandemic.

With ten new instructions signed and four more contracts out for signatures since launching the initiative, Nicol & Co is set to donate at least £1,000 to the fund.

Matt Nicol, managing director of Nicol & Co, said: “This is a great way for us to keep doing the kind of personal business we always strive to provide whilst respecting the measures needed to beat COVID-19.

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“We’re all so grateful to our NHS for what they’re doing, so it made sense for this activity to benefit the health service at the same time.

“Since pledging to donate £100 to the NHS for every instruction madeby April 21, we’ve been chuffed to bits that ten new instructions have been signed.

“We’ve always been at the forefront of technology and were already using virtual tours in our operations, so carrying out valuations by live video is very much business as usual for us.

“With people self-isolating, anyone wanting to sell their homes should know that there’s a captive market out there sitting in their own living rooms looking at things like ‘homes to buy’ on the internet.

“Modern media communication means that house moving plans can continue as normal as people prepare for when the pandemic is over.”

All money raised will be donated to the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity’s special fund to help the NHS tackle COVID-19, which has already seen nearly £78,000 raised here www.justgiving.com/campaign/helpworcsacute.

For more details about remote valuations, contact Nicol & Co on 01905 799072 or via droitwich@nicolandco.co.uk.