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Donating ATP World Tour Tennis Tickets to raise money for KIND

From November 22 to 29, the Barclays ATP World Tennis Tour Finals came to the O2 arena in London for the end of season showdown.

Throughout that week Residential Land donated tickets from our corporate box to tennis fans keen to watch the excitement – in exchange for a charitable donation to the KIND children’s charity.

KIND works with thousands of disadvantaged children and families across Liverpool. The charity strongly believes in the importance of investing in the future of under privileged children and their efforts are channelled through 4 main areas:

1. Teaching – The S.E.E.D (Social Environmental Education Development) Centre in Liverpool’s Toxteth area.

2. Residential Breaks at a countryside centre in “The Lakes.”

3. Helping – The Annual Kind Christmas Appeal.

4. Practical Help – with supporting families in need.

Their work really does help children most in need and provides families with a sense of normality which so many of us take for granted.

Thank you to everyone who donated money to KIND in exchange for the ATP tickets. It turned out to be an exciting week of tennis with Federer claiming his sixth ATP World Tour Series Finals win, beating France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Supporting Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity

Residential Land are delighted to support the Rays of Sunshine Party being held on Saturday 19th November 2011 at Old Billingsgate.  Last year’s party was a hugely successful event, raising in excess of £500,000 towards granting more fantastic wishes in 2011.

This truly exceptional charity was formed in 2004 to help children living with serious and life limiting illnesses between the ages of 3-18 across the UK.  The charity’s aim is to grant wishes for children however impossible the wish may seem and to help hospitals, hospices and specialist schools improve their facilities.  Wishes already made and granted include meeting the boy band One Direction, to own a giant Teddy, to go to Disney Land Paris, to meet JLS and to meet Gordon Ramsay and eat in one of his restaurants.

During 2012 Rays of Sunshine would like to grant one wish every day with each wish including the whole family giving each family member happy memories of the child’s wish to treasure in future years.

Some of the wishes already granted include meeting the boy band One Direction, owning a giant Teddy, a trip to Disney Land Paris, meeting JLS and to meeting Gordon Ramsay and eating in one of his restaurants.

Unfortunately the charity receives no government funding and relies solely on donations and the support of fundraisers and volunteers.

The party is the highlight of the Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity year.  If you would like to help the charity fulfil the wishes of more children, find out more about this event or to simply make a donation please visit

Raisa Gorbachev Foundation Gala

Residential Land has been a major donor and proud supporter of the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation for a number of years.

The Foundation, set up in 1996 in commemoration of Raisa Gorbachev (wife of former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev), it was founded to improve the lives of children affected by cancer. The foundation and its supporters aim to bring down the financial, national and political barriers that stop children receiving life-saving and life-enhancing treatment. Funds raised for the foundation are invested in detection, control and welfare for the young lives affected by the disease.

Residential Land were proud to be invited back to this year’s Raisa Gorbachev Foundation Gala evening which was held at The Stud House, Hampton Court Palace on 22nd September 2011. The prestigious fundraising event is always enjoyable and guests this year included Sir Ben Kingsley, Eva Herzigova, Jemima Khan, Geri Halliwell and Anna Friel.

The annual Gala is the main fundraising event for the foundation, with money raised from ticket sales and a charity auction. Lots had been generously donated from various sources, with works of art from the likes of Anthony Gormley, Tracy Emin and Sir Peter Blake auctioned off to raise money. Residential Land successfully bid on a sculpture by artist Nic Fiddian Green, entitled ‘Still Water’.

Residential Land pledged in excess of £75,000 at this year’s gala, which in total raised an astonishing £1.1m. All money raised goes directly to causes supported by the charity.

The Foundation Director, Marcus Beale kindly sent this letter thanking us for our support:

To find out more about the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation and their incredibly important work, please visit

My Beautiful Ball – The Katie Piper Foundation

Residential Land are proud supporters of The Katie Piper Foundation, an incredible charity setup by Katie Piper to help and support people suffering from severe burns and scars.

The charity grew from her Katie’s own experience as a burns survivor and aims to progress extended rehabilitation and scar management for burns survivors, to campaign for consistent clinical care and to develop a support network for people living with burns and disfigurement. The Foundation would eventually like to open an advanced rehabilitation and burns clinic in the UK providing residential facilities for patients, enabling them to benefit fully from treatments and from social interaction with other survivors.

On 1st September 2011, the Katie Piper Foundation hosted its first “My Beautiful Ball” at the Savoy Hotel in London. Diana Yukawa opened the event with a piece of music from her last album and Simon Cowell, who is a patron of the Foundation hosted the evening. Guests throughout the evening included Rebecca Ferguson, Leona Lewis and Paul Martin.

As part of My Beautiful Ball, a fantastic raffle and auction were held to raise money for this amazing charity and lots were generously donated by various sources and included two VIP passes to Silverstone, a week’s villa holiday in Portugal for six people, a family visit to Lapland, Belgium Grand Prix picture, signed by Michael Schumacher, Nigel Mansell, and Riccardo Patrese, Sir Paul McCartney; paintings – signed book and many more with the lots generously donated by various sources.

The evening was a great success raising over £100,000 for the charity.

If you would like to find out more about Katie Piper’s inspiring story and the foundation she set up, please visit

Residential Land Supports Maggies Cancer Centres

Maggie’s London Night Hike, on Friday, September 16 and now in its seventh year, offers walkers the chance to see the capital by night by taking part in a 10 or a 20 mile course. Some of the Capital’s most striking buildings will be open for the first time to host refreshments and entertainment including gospel choirs, artists and a massage along the route. There will be a host of celebrities taking part in the walk. Buildings which will be open for hikers include Leadenhall Market, City Hall, Southbank Centre, Royal Geographical Society, Maggie’s London, Royal Institute of British Architects, Horse Guards and 20 Gresham Street, but more are yet to be confirmed.

For the first time this year 10 and 20 mile hikers will be able to walk together, allowing friends, family and colleagues of differing abilities to walk together for the first 10 miles. Last year brave hikers raised more than £700,000 and to date more than 6,000 hikers have raised nearly £3m to help fund a network of Maggie’s Centres across the UK.

Maggie’s, which has 15 centres either built or in development across the UK, provides emotional and practical support for anyone affected by cancer. Residential Land helped support the building of the Maggie’s Centre in West London in 2008 which has been hugely successful in helping thousands of people in London cope with the trauma and isolation of a cancer diagnosis.

The Maggie’s London Night Hike is in partnership with Open House London and launches the Open House London Weekend (September 17-18).

Walkers can register for the event by visiting or calling 0300 123 1801. The staggered start times begin at 7.30pm.

Residential Land are Prime Central London’s largest private landlord, specialists dealing in flats for rent, property investment sales and acquisitions. To find out more about Residential Land click here

Residential Land complete Property Triathlon

Richard Berridge, Anthony Quin and Rob Bradburn were joined by Mike Williams of MRW Consultants to represent Residential Land in the annual King Sturge (now Jones Lang Lasalle) Property Triathlon on Friday 8th July 2011.

Below is a tongue in cheek account of the day’s event:

Despite the weather, it was no damp squib! And the boys did us proud! Swimming, biking and running their way around Dorney Lake in Windsor. Conditions were not ideal and it was one of those English summer days we’re all familiar with; cloudy, windy, rainy and the odd ray of sunshine from time to time just to remind us that we’re well into July and it ought to be baking hot!

Residential Land Property Triathletes

Residential Land Property Triathletes

By their own admission, Richard and Rob swim like bricks weighted down with lead and this presented something of a challenge if they were to complete the three disciplines. But, despite bringing up the rear, they made it back to dry land in about 24 minutes. Anthony however, was fairly rapid in the water, Mike even more so clocking up a mere 14 minutes to complete the 750 metre course.

Ahead of them was the next leg: the 20k bike ride.  All four had their problems, not least of which was a leg sapping head-wind on the return part of each loop. Anthony’s chain came off (allegedly) but this didn’t stop him being the fastest of the four, and Richard’s legs decided that this sort of punishment was simply not on and countered with a revolution reducing cramp!  Just a 5k run to come and it would be all over….

Rob, whose leisurely swim had left him with a mountain to climb, and a bike ride which was a little slower than he had hoped (not helped by losing his timing chip in transition which he had to go back for!) decided that it was time to put on the after burners and his run was an incredible 22mins for the 5k.  This may not sound as though he was nudging the sound barrier, but after an exhausting swim and a bike ride which had topped up his leg muscles with more lactic acid than he’d had in a lifetime, it’s a fantastic effort. Richard had also targeted the run as a discipline where he might make up some of the time he knew he was going to lose in the water.  Unfortunately, the dreaded cramp had other ideas and he tottered off out of the transition area barely able to walk.

With a titanic effort, he made it to the refreshment zone, where runners were offered a truly revolting energy drink.  A couple of sips later, coupled with a decision to gently try and run off the cramp, Richard gingerly made off up the course.  Miraculously, after about 500meters, the cramp subsided and he went for it hell-for-leather and was rewarded with a time only 30 seconds slower than Rob.  But it was not enough.  Anthony claimed the Residential Land honours, followed by Mike, then Richard, with rocket runner Rob coming fourth.  The highlight of the day? Well Richard said it was letting a very rapid Helen Jenkins, women’s World Champion triathlete, past on the run as he ‘didn’t want to embarrass her’.

Richard completed the Triathlon in aid of his chosen charity, Pancreatic Cancer Research. If you would like to support the guys for their terrific accomplishment, please make a contribution to this worthy cause:

Enterprise Shoot Challenge 2011

On Wednesday 6th July 2011, Residential Land were pleased to be invited back to the Royal Berkshire Shooting School by the Peter Jones Foundation to take part in the fifth annual Enterprise Shoot Challenge.

This enjoyable event raises money for the Peter Jones Foundation, setup in 2005 to help disadvantaged youngsters and nurture entrepreneurial potential.

25 teams took part in a Clay Pigeon shooting competition, with Residential Land CEO Bruce Ritchie in the winning team alongside Peter Jones. Other celebrity shooting stars included fellow Dragons Theo Paphitis, Deborah Meaden and Duncan Bannatyne, with comedian Patrick Kielty and Dragons’ Den success story Levis Roots also taking part.

Following lunch, a charity auction was held with guests bidding on lots including a golfing holiday on the Algarve, boxing gloves from British heavyweight David Haye, lunch with the Dragons and an Alfa Romeo car.

Residential Land purchased two of the lots, including the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Cloverleaf sports car.

The day was an incredible success, helping to raise over £200,000 for the foundation. To read more about the Peter Jones Foundation and their inspirational work, visit:

Residential Land are already looking forward to repeated success at next year’s event!

Click to view a collage of the event

Residential Land Supports the Princess Margaret Fund at the Stroke Association

On 9th May Residential Land attended an auction at Annabel’s restaurant in Berkeley Square in aid of the Princess Margaret Fund at the Stroke Association. The Princess Margaret Fund, set up by David Linley, will be used to help those affected by stroke and to fund research into stroke prevention, diagnosis, treatment and methods of rehabilitation.

Every year, an estimated 150,000 people in the UK suffer from a stroke and the Stroke Association is the only UK wide charity exclusively involved with combating strokes in people of all ages.

Having a stroke has a greater disability impact than other medical condition and the Stroke Association funds research prevention, better methods of rehabilitation and helps stroke patients and their families directly through its “Life After Stroke Services”.

Residential Land pledged in excess of £80,000 at this fund raising dinner and are delighted to support, and continue to support such a worthy cause.

If you would like to make a donation to the Stroke Association please click here:

Residential Land Supports Children With Leukaemia

One of Residential Lands Sales & Acquisition Consultants, Will Castle, is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro next month in aid of Children With Leukaemia.

This is by no means an easy task.  Kilimanjaro, situated in Tanzania, is the tallest mountain in Africa, not to mention the highest free-standing mountain on Earth!  Whilst climbing 6000 meters to the summit, he will endure not only high altitudes and low air pressure, but high winds and freezing temperatures making this quite a daunting task.

Mt. Kilimanjaro was first climbed on October 5, 1889

Will had originally planned to climb Kilimanjaro with his Father, Paul Castle, who sadly passed away last year. It was then that Will decided to do the trek in his honour and on behalf of Children With Leukaemia, a well-established charity that has been running for over 22 years.  The charity funds research into the causes of cancer, various treatments and equally important, supporting affected families through welfare programmes.  Will is aiming to raise in excess of £5000 in a very short space of time.  Please do follow the link below to his fundraising page and offer as much support as you possibly can.

Residential Land wish Will the best of luck in his endeavour!

Supporting Cancer Research UK at Abbey Road Studios

Residential Land recently attended the Sound & Vision 2011 Live Charity Auction at Abbey Road Studios on 24th February.

The unique event, now in its 6th year, is organised by leading music industry figures who come together to help raise money for Cancer Research UK. The Live Auction evening features performances from legendary musicians, an auction of rare music memorabilia and a music photography exhibition. The founding patron of Sound & Vision is Sir George Martin and the live auction offers exclusive access to the world famous Abbey Road recording studios.

Each year The Sound & Vision event attracts the support of famous rock stars who perform their classic hits to a small intimate paying audience. This year’s line-up included Tom Jones, Robert Plant, The Feeling, Newton Faulkner and Liam Bailey. The Sound & Vision 2011 live auction was an incredible success, and combined with ticket sales and internet auctions raised an incredible £340,000 for Cancer Research UK’s vital work.

Robert Plant performing at Sound & Vision 2011

The auction itself featured some fantastic money-cant’-buy lots, with rare collections of music memorabilia ranging from never before seen images of Morrissey to signed Bowie original album artwork. Residential Land managed to secure the winning bid on some rediscovered Rolling Stones prints.

Read more about the unique fund raising event and Sound & Vision, visit:

To read more about the extremely important life-saving work of Cancer Research UK, visit: