Property developer Charlotte Grobien has nearly reached her target of donating £1 million to charity.
Kind-hearted Mrs Grobien, 59, has been heading towards the ambitious fundraising target since 2003, and has so far donated £825,000 to good causes.
The Putney resident raises the money by developing properties and selling them and then donating all of her profits to charities in the South London area.
Her campaign started after she had some work done to her own home. The building work and property development programmes on the television gave her the idea.
Her first project involved building three houses and renting out two flats in Roehampton. After the success of these developments, she set up Give It Away and has managed to donate money to over 14 South London charities, including disabled children’s charity Small Steps in Putney, and the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon.
Her latest venture is a development of three cottages in Woking, Surrey, which she is hoping to sell in 2012 for £340,000 each.
Mrs Grobien said: “I enjoy the outcome of going along to the charity and handing the cheque. I want my heart to beat when I write the cheque.
“The feel good factor is immense, and the knowledge that one is able to positively affect the lives of those who are in need is humbling.
“I might be a ‘handbag developer’, but the profits I generate will never go towards this season’s Louis Vuitton.
“The aim of Give It Away Ltd is to make a difference to the lives of young people living with injury, disability, disadvantaged circumstances or who lack social or educational opportunities for their future.”