Residential Land Charity Section

Residential Land are pleased to be a substantial donor to many charitable causes, this page details some of the worthy charities we support:

Residential Land is proud to support “Travels to My Elephant”

Residential Land was proud to support the amazing Rickshav Race Travels to my Elephant. Travels to my Elephant is inspired by Elephant Family’s late founder and passionate  conservationist, Mark Shand, and his best-selling book, Travels on my Elephant. The aim of the adventure was to raise £1 million to support the work of The Elephant Family and in fact to date they have collectively raised well over £1.5M.

To find out how they got on, read their fascinating blog below:

We have returned from our truly amazing rickshaw journey through Madhya Pradesh in India. It was an incredible experience and slightly surreal! We saw beautiful countryside and received a wonderful warm welcome from the local villagers, with people lining the streets to wave at us all go past.   At times it was quite hair-raising and the whole thing was certainly more of an adventure than we had anticipated! 













There were 42 teams of two  covering 500 km and we ended up at the home of Tara the elephant who was rescued by the late and great Mark Shand.  It was Tara who inspired Mark to set up The Elephant Family Charity, raising money not only to protect the Asian elephant but also to protect and support the local farmers from the extensive damage that elephants can do. 


The Elephant Family works on schemes to create elephant corridors and to rehouse villagers along these routes.   Each year over 400 people are killed by elephants that are desperately hunting for food and migrating through parts of India – the elephant corridors will go a long way towards preventing these deaths. Over the last 100 years 90% of the world’s Asian elephant population has disappeared and in another 30 years they could easily vanish altogether unless the work is done to ensure that man and beast can live alongside each other.”

Residential Land doubles the donations raised by property industry!

At the RESI Conference 2015, which seems like it was only yesterday, Residential Land attended in force, as Platinum Sponsors for the 8th consecutive year.

Bruce Ritchie also appeared on a panel which spoke about: ‘From First time Customer to Last Time Customer, are we creating the right products?’

Topics covered in this panel:

- Segmenting the market and creating targeted products that acknowledge the changing needs, expectations and aspirations of different occupier groups
- What do ‘generation rent’ want from their housing and are the current products in the market taking them into consideration?
- Last Time Buyers – the key to unlocking housing supply?
- Beyond the bricks and mortar: exploring PRS as a service and the added value that customers now expect.

As mentioned below in the article from Property Week, £6,900 was raised at the Gala dinner. The money raised was matched by Residential Land which made a grand total of nearly £14,000 for the charity, CentrePoint.

bruce Ritchie Residential Land PW RESI 2015

Property Week – RESI 2015



Centrepoint is the UK’s leading charity for homeless, young people, supporting 16-25 years olds with housing, learning, health and life skills.

For further information or to sponsor a room visit

£145k raised for The Peter Jones Foundation!

Peter Jones Foundation Charity Shoot


Residential Land donates to this charity every year, and recently attended the Peter Jones Foundation Charity Shoot 2015. After a morning’s shoot and a spectacular aerial performance by the Royal Navy’s Black Cats helicopter display team, the guests enjoyed a live singer, massages and a cocktail bar, before sitting down to lunch and a fundraising auction. The total amount raised was an incredible £145,000. The prizes on offer included luxury holidays in Paris, LA and South Africa, an exclusive dinner cooked by Levi Roots, and a commissioned artwork by Alexander Hall.

The Peter Jones Foundation believes that everyone deserves a brighter future. Their primary aim is to drive a society-wide revolution that encourages self-belief in individuals so that they can think differently and creatively about their next steps. Peter Jones founded the Peter Jones Foundation in 2005 in order to establish a real way to support children’s futures and to inspire a culture of enterprise and entrepreneurialism in Britain. Ultimately, the aim is to inspire the nation to make enterprising decisions about their future.

Residential Land donates to the Quercus Foundation.

Quercus Foundation


Residential Land is delighted to donate to The Quercus Foundation. It is a great cause to donate to and being a part of the evening and the auction. Being a part of the evening and being able to contribute to giving this cause the opportunity to improve the children’s lifestyle is greatly satisfying to us.

The Quercus Foundation leverages its significant investment and fundraising expertise to improve the lives of children and young people living in extreme poverty. With a focus on health, education and infrastructure, they identify and invest in projects that make the most significant improvement to children’s lives in the long term.

The Quercus Biasi Foundation along with Heather Kerzner and Jeanette Calliva is hosting the Spring Gala to raise funds in order to build the new surgical wing at The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, with a completion date of December 2017.

Claridges generously sponsored the event and they put on a glamorous evening with an exciting auction and special performances to make the evening not only life changing for children in South Africa but also truly memorable for those who attended.

Rocketing through Europe!

Cash & Rocket Tour


Residential Land is extremely proud to sponsor Cash & Rocket which is such a great cause and very close to our hearts. At Residential Land we pride ourselves on being able to give back to organisations that directly benefit others, and knowing we could be a great help towards this cause has warmed us dearly.

Residential Land sponsored a couple of teams for the recent Cash & Rocket Tour 2015, a three day fundraising rally across Europe. This involved hitting the road at 7am each morning until late into the evening, driving through each city to raise global awareness for the charity. All the funds raised from this event went directly to change the lives and make a huge and vital difference to the women and children of Africa.

Cash & Rocket Tour

Cash & Rocket is a phenomenal charity in which helps support hundreds of women and children in Africa each year through increased access to education and healthcare. Cash & Rocket unites fashion and luxury brands to address some of the world’s most prominent humanitarian issues to make a huge difference by providing life-changing support to women and children living in third world countries.


Residential Land exceed their £4k donation target for the Ahoy Charity

On the 19th June 2015, Residential Land took to the Thames and rowed nearly 9 miles in choppy and cool conditions to raise money for the Ahoy Charity.

The brave Residential Land ‘Iron Duke‘ team consisted of Emma Whitby-Smith, David Keir, Tessa Ferguson, Mark Barker, Gaynor Whiting and Andrew Mckee.

Thames Residential Land

Rowing hard with beautiful views of Tower Bridge, London


Team Iron Duke put in a valiant effort and managed to complete the 8.5 mile course in 56 minutes 23 seconds. Not only was this a great time, Residential Land managed to smash their fundraising target and raised a huge £4,640 for this worthwhile charity.

Team Iron Duke - Residential Land

Team Iron Duke – Residential Land

The London Property Challenge consisted of 10 teams from the industry and raised more than £30k to help this young people’s charity.

Residential Land would like to thank all who sponsored team Iron Duke for this event which allowed us to give to a charity which is changing young lives.

The fundraising page is still open and we would still appreciate any donations that you would like to make. You can do this here.

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Rowing in choppy conditions by The Houses of Parliament.

Thank you for all your help and support. If you would like to read more about the charity, please follow the below link to the AHOY Centre website.

Support our team and help us raise money for The AHOY Centre charity

On the 19th of June 2015 Residential Land will take part in The Oarsome Property Challenge! We decided to take on this particular challenge as it makes a refreshing change from the normal croppedimage750400-home1 property industry fundraisers and of course to raise as much money as possible for the Ahoy Charity. This charity dedicates itself in changing people’s lives and building life skills through sailing and rowing.

It will also be a great opportunity for us to scour the river for any potential residential opportunities that may not be visible from the road! Emma Whitby-Smith, Head of Investments has promised to take a notebook along with her, so she can make notes of locations, whilst rowing!

The Watersports based charity’s primary objective is giving opportunities for disadvantaged and at-risk youths by offering opportunities for disabled people to participate in activities and courses on an equal level.

We have a pledge; by the day of The Oarsome Property Challenge on the 19th June 2015 we must raise £4,000 for The Ahoy Centre. Please help us to do this. Anything will help!

You can make a donation HERE

Thank you for all your help and support. If you would like to read more about the charity, please follow the below link to the AHOY Centre website.

Residential Land on fire at The Mayer Brown Shooting Challenge

Residential Land attended The Mayer Brown Shooting Challenge and was held at The Royal Berkshire Shooting School in aid of the Princess Alexandra Hospital Breast Unit Charity.

Bruce Ritchie at The Mayer Brown Shooting Challenge

Bruce Ritchie at The Mayer Brown Shooting Challenge in aid of the Princess Alexandra Hospital Breast Unit Charity

The day itself was extremely successful and the charity of choice managed to raise over £77,000. Charity shoots like this are a highly successful way of raising significant funds for worthwhile causes, while also giving supporters the opportunity to share in a rewarding and memorable experience. The 100 guests, including former England rugby player Paul Sackay and celebrity chefs Silvano Giraldin and Anton Edelmann, enjoyed a morning shoot, a four-course lunch and a champagne reception before being invited to take part in an auction.

Residential Land charity event

A unique Nelson Mandela inspired canvas by artist Pure Evil fetched £25,000 alone

The Royal Berkshire Shooting School was established over two decades ago. The Shooting School is recognised as the finest facility of its kind, having one of the most expansive shooting grounds in the country.

The Princess Alexandra Hospital Breast Unit Charity is one of the largest breast cancer research facilities north of London and undertake a great deal of clinical research trials. The charity supports patients, staff and visitors at The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex. They also enhance patient care, purchase special equipment, improve facilities and invest in vital research which is beyond the scope or limits of the NHS.

There are a number of ways to donate, simply follow this link for more information on how to leave a donation.

Residential Land proud sponsors of Hoops Aid

Residential Land was proud to have sponsored Hoops Aid, the biggest basketball extravaganza in the UK, which took place on Sunday 10th May 2015 at the O2 Arena.  Hoops Aid, a pro-celebrity basketball event, was set up by Sports Traider Charity* founder Lance Haggith.

This year due to its success in 2013, Hoops Aid joined up with the British Basketball League Play-off Final’s for the first time ever. There was an astonishing 17,000 people that attended this amazing event, making it a truly memorable basketball experience.

Residential Land - Hoops Aid

The former heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora was involved, who was also joined on the court by the likes of Olympians Jamie Baulch, John Regis and Andy Turner, Paralympic champion Richard Whitehead MBE, Priest Lauderdale, “world’s strongest footballer” Ade Akinfenwa, The Voice winner Jermain Jackman and Steve-O from Jackass, among many more.

Residential Land - hoops aid

For more info on Hoops Aid 2015, follow them on twitter @hoopsaid – or visit

*Sports Traider is a youth-focused charity offering youngsters the kit and support they need to discover and fulfill their sporting ambition and potential, whatever their background, ability or disability.

Residential Land - hoops aid

Residential Land are proud to have sponsored Ben Wilberforce-Ritchie’s London Marathon triumph

Last weekend, Ben Wilberforce-Ritchie took on the 2015 London Marathon and we are proud to announce that he completed the run in a very respectable time of 4 hours 12 mins.

As ever, the London Marathon was a huge success with over 38,000 runners and 750,000 spectators cheering the runners on.

Ben comments: “The atmosphere was out of this world but the last 5 miles or so was absolutely gruelling”.


Ben has managed to surpass his goal of £2,000 by some way which is an amazing effort. The money raised will make up 10% of the cost for a fully trained Guide Dog. Not only this but Guide Dogs UK have also given Ben the opportunity to name a puppy!

It is still not too late to sponsor Ben and help raise funds for Guide Dogs UK. You can visit Ben’s JustGiving page here.

Guide Dogs UK is a charity which relies totally on the support of the public to fund the guide dog service. They breed and train guide dogs which provide life changing mobility and currently have 4,500 working guide dog partnerships in the UK