Doing our bit

Doing our bit

TFT was founded on the principles of education, opportunity, sustainability, community support, integration and aspiration – and these values have been at the core of everything we do ever since.

The character of the firm is defined by our people and their collective belief in doing the right thing, whether it is for our business, the clients who rely on our advice, or the communities and stakeholders we support.

We have been at the forefront of diversity and inclusion for a long time, and want all of our employees to feel comfortable being themselves, as this brings integrity and strength to our business.

Best feet forward! Team TFT takes on LandAid’s Steptober challenge

With raincoats at the ready and best socks on, TFT begins Steptober 2021 today to help raise valuable funds for LandAid, to help end youth homelessness.

28 strollers, hikers, joggers and amblers are taking to the challenge with seven teams around the country. And we’re in good company, joining over 1000 fellow property professionals on the march for a great cause.

If you’re new to Steptober: during the month of October from the 1st to the 15th LandAid challenges those in the property industry to come together in teams of four and take the most steps over the course of two weeks to raise money for the charity, which is set up to tackle youth homelessness in the UK.  

If you would like to show your support, please consider donating what you can, and send a message to the teams via their JustGiving pages (linked in the team names below)!

The End of the Road  
Alistair Allison
Richard Aitchison
Mark Day
Jay Ridings  
One Step Beyond  
Lisa Gunn
Neil Wotherspoon
Jacqui Allen
Paul Skennerton  
South East Pedominators
Lisa Collings
Dan Henn
John Lewis
Carrie Fung

Cirque du Sore Legs  
Deborah Brown
Hugo Bradley
Alan Pemberton
Michael de Glanville  
Strutting Surveyors  
Alex Raddings
Ellie Doyle
Louise Pattullo
Jon Grimes  

TFT Fitbits  
David Mann
Fatimah Abarshi
Dylan Devshi
Amy Henderson  
The Eagle has LandAid  
Chris Keates Lewis
David Medcraft
Liam Drawwater
Emily Brodie  


TFT M&E Associate completes charity fundraiser Tour de Cornwall with ex-footballers

Tour de Cornwall
Top left – Mark at Land’s End on Day 1 of the ‘Tour’

Mark Fenwick, one of TFT’s keen cyclists, has just completed the Tour de Cornwall: 190 miles and 16,000 ft of climbing over three days across Cornwall to raise money for umbrella charity 11 Foundation. The charity ‘curate unique collaborations to provide support and funding to established charities to help enable health related initiatives, community led environment schemes and the provision of opportunities for disadvantaged and vulnerable people’ (

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Former Chelsea and England footballer Joe Cole, who set up 11 Foundation with his wife Carly, joined the group of property professionals for the ride along with former teammates Wayne Bridge and Steve Sidwell. To keep in line with COVID-19 measures, riders had their temperatures checked before they set off each day and anyone with symptoms was pulled out of the event.

Upon completion, Mark said:

It was always going to be a challenge, however the certainly training paid off! We had fantastic weather for three days and with every climb our thoughts inevitably turned to the amazing cause we were raising money for. The rides were gruelling – even for the seasoned rider – but the entire group proudly completed the tour.

Donations from friends, family, TFT colleagues and industry peers have sponsored Mark over £2k, beating his £1750 target to help the team raise close to £50k for the charity.

This ride couldn’t have been possible without everyone’s incredibly generous donations and the support of my sponsors. We have just reached the £50,000 mark which is an amazing achievement by all.

A massive thank you to all of my colleagues at TFT for sponsoring me for this challenge!

If you’d like to show support and donate to the cause, please click here.


TFT votes to support local causes

In January, we were happy to ring in the New Year by giving everybody at TFT an extra day of leave to help a charity of their choice. Now, we are deepening our commitment to the local communities of each office around the country, with each office voting on local charities close to their homes and hearts, to support beyond the day job.

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Each of our 7 offices in the UK (Bristol, Cardiff, Guildford, London, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh) have chosen their two local charities in hope to give back to the communities they value the most. Typically, local charities are often in need of extra feet on the ground, so we hope this will also encourage more volunteering opportunities for each office.

While local charities benefit from personal involvement of local people, our teams will also see the impact of their contributions first hand.

We want to be part of the bigger picture, helping to improve local environments and economies. Not only do local charities employ locally, encouraging personal interactions, but they also contribute to the growth and improvement of the direct community around us. As this community around us grows, we see significant and visible results enhancing overall wellbeing (Guardian, 2014).

Chris Keates-Lewis, Head of HR, said:

“This is an exciting direction for us, bringing our offices together in a TFT global effort to improve the lives of those closest to us, and the environment in which we enjoy our lives.”

The chosen charities include:

London: Bankside Open Spaces and Coram’s Fields

Guildford: Challengers and Macmillan Surrey

Bristol: St Peter’s Hospice and The West of England MS Therapy Centre

Cardiff: The Wallich and Ty Hafan

Birmingham: Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice and Zoe’s Place

Manchester: Wood Street Mission and 42nd Street

Edinburgh: The Cystic Fibrosis trust and Staffie Smiles.

TFT will also continue to support LionHeart and LandAid as their chosen national charities.

TFT announces additional ‘Volunteer Day’ for all staff

We believe that charitable work and volunteering is great for business. It helps attract and keep talented employees, improves our relations with communities, strengthens brand value, improves our client relations, demonstrates corporate value and builds team work and leadership skills. If done successfully, these projects and initiatives also help to expand our capacity to impact the issues most relevant to our long-term success, in a  changing business environment where doing good and doing well go hand in hand.

That’s why we do fundraising campaigns, why we offer pro-bono services and why we are now providing a minimum of one additional day of leave for volunteering per year to all TFT employees, starting now.

HR & Operations Partner Chris Keates-Lewis said:

We are a socially committed business, reflected by our amazing people in their activities outside TFT and in connection with the charities that we support. We are delighted to provide each person with a paid Volunteering Day each year as part of a structured approach to CSR, starting in January 2019.

Managing Partner Alan Pemberton said:

A big part of TFT’s culture is our sense of corporate responsibility – we love to give back, and to use our collective skills and experience to do good together. I’m proud to help empower our people to do even more with their paid leave and excited to see what ideas and initiatives come through as a result.

TFT Bristol Take the Plunge for Local MS Therapy Centre

On Saturday 8th September, a team of five of TFT’s bravest took part in the South West of England MS Therapy centre’s ‘Take the Plunge’ challenge. This involved participants jumping into Portishead Marina just outside of Bristol, to be rescued by well-trained Newfoundlands, a dog breed who have a propensity to rescue people from water.  The annual event helps to raise the necessary funds in order to provide a range of treatments and therapies for people living with MS and other neurological conditions, including physiotherapy, oxygen treatment, acupuncture, reflexology and aromatherapy.

TFT were gold sponsors this year and the team raised over £700 for the local charity.

Jay Ridings (Associate, Bristol). who took part in the fundraiser, recounted the memorable day:

The sprightly TFT bunch arrived nice and early in the Portishead drizzle ready for freezing cold temperatures, slobbering faces and the risk of being eaten by our would-be rescuers. The dogs were huge and excitable!! To our relief they were also very well drilled and enjoyed (loved!) saving people.

We could not have asked for a better ‘saving’. Paul Spaven’s (Partner, Bristol) rescue dog was slightly reluctant to jump in initially (some said it was his fluorescent pink gloves!?) but the dog’s trainer assured Paul that it had happened the week before and that the canine was in a “phase”. Thankfully, he was eventually saved and so is still with us. Just as well, as he will be the next trustee for MS Therapy Bristol!

We all had great fun for such a brilliant cause and I would recommend that anyone who isn’t too keen on swimming gets a Newfoundland to drag them around in relative luxury!


‘The All Purples’ triumphant rugby victory at Hyde Park!

By Giulia Mori (Energy & Sustainability Consultant)

TFT’s own tag rugby team won Wednesday’s challenging match against multidisciplinary consultancy group Dar Al-Handasah in the TryTag property league, held at Hyde Park each week. ‘The All Purples’ worked as impressively as a team: keeping the line; checking the numbers; facing forward and running to the try line over 15 times.

Unmerciful tries left right and centre from the TFT rugby duo Sarah Gunn (Marketing) and Olly Linton(Surveyor) with an unbelievable series of tags and defence strategies from Ollie Morris (Senior Energy & Sustainability Consultant), Deni Cherneva (Senior Graphic Designer), all steered from the directions of ever-present captain James Child (Surveyor)! Sarah was awarded overall player of the match from the referee and TFT look to be in the final in 4 weeks time!

I was gutted to not be part of the action this week, but it was nonetheless a great match to watch. We are getting there, team: well done to all players and good luck in the next rounds.

TFT at the JLL Triathlon – it was all slip slap slop before we flipped flapped and [mostly] flopped

28 degrees: so much sunscreen; no one fainted…28 degrees also meant no one beat any PBs. One punctured tyre on the way to race…Another punctured tyre during the race. 1 TFT triathlete swam into 2 safety boats. Marathon Mann [David] came out in top 30 of his [heat] wave…And not content with 13 miles alone, 1 relay cyclist cycled 22 miles to the race and 22 miles back home.

TFT strike a pose across the UK for Bowel Cancer Research

Bowel Cancer is the 4th most common cancer in the UK. Early diagnosis leads to better survival rates. Raising awareness of this indiscriminate killer is a step towards earlier diagnosis and TFT got into the collective spirit by proudly wearing Bowel Cancer Research t-shirts across the practice for the day.

TFT Volunteers at Woodlarks Camp, Guildford!

Every year, Sarah Gunn (pictured) from our marketing team volunteers at Woodlarks in Surrey, a fit for purpose campsite that provides camping holidays for disabled people. This year she was joined by our Senior Graphic Designer Deni Cherneva, who got the full tour of this great site that includes facilities built to cater for all; the visually-impaired, hearing-impaired and those wheelchair bound. The site is an all-inclusive place that brings outdoor experiences to those often excluded from activities such as paint-balling, water-skiing, trike rides, zorbing, laser-tag and much more. Campers stay in tents of all types and spend the week laughing and joking with each other, leaving the site feeling like they’re part of one big family.

Woodlarks hosts different a plethora of camps throughout the year, but the one the girls attended is called Trekkers and is for adults aged 30+. HR Partner Chris Keates Lewis visited mid-week and was chuffed to be introduced to the camp and all the great campers and volunteers!

If you would like to get involved with Trekkers click here, or to find out which camps are held at Woodlarks, click here!

TFT peaked over the weekend

A mighty team of seven from TFT met the LandAid Peak2Peak challenge last weekend, covering over 50km on bike, foot and backside as we biked, hiked and canyoneered the Peak District. Two giant peaks were scaled, fitness and endurance was tested, and teamwork ensured that everyone came through.

We caught up with Chuan Lim (Guildford) and Pete Madge (Bristol) to see how they found it!

What did you enjoyed about the challenge over the weekend and what did you struggle with?

Pete: The combination of biking, hiking and gorge scrambling with the beautiful backdrop of the Peak District was an absolute pleasure, but particularly enjoyable was the banter with the rest of our Team TFT along the way and completing the challenge together.

Chuan: There was some spectacular scenery on the hike including the remains of a WW2 Halifax bomber found on the Moor, and, later on, laughing as Sarah (London) fell (stylishly, of course) into a peat bog! The gorge scrambling was rather tricky too but we were all up for the challenge and there was a pub waiting for us at the end!

I enjoyed spending time with TFT colleagues and fellow property professionals in the great outdoors- testing ourselves physically and supporting each other whilst taking in the wonderful views of the Peak District.

Why it is important to you to partake in such activities?

Pete:  For me, it is really important to include ‘fun’ in fundraising, to do some team building, explore some new countryside and set yourself a bit of a goal.

Chuan: Whilst events like these are great for fundraising and are (mostly) lots of fun, it is important for TFT to be socially responsible – demonstrating our support and raising awareness of amazing charities like LandAid and their mission to end youth homelessness in the UK.

TFT pub quiz

On Wednesday, TFT hosted a pub quiz in London for clients and friends in an effort to raise money for the LandAid Peak to Peak Challenge, in which TFT has a team participating. To take part in the challenge, each participant needs to raise a minimum of £300 for LandAid. Making Team TFT’s minimum requirement £2100!

Thanks to all those who came along and supported us, as well as those who donated to the raffle. We raised total of £708, and with TFT’s promise to match this, £1416! Thank you also to everyone at TFT for donating, we have reached our minimum target.

David Mann runs the Paris marathon for LandAid

Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who has sponsored and helped me raise more than £5,000 so far. I am going to continue fundraising until my 50th birthday on 22nd June by which time I hope to achieve my £10,000 target. Needless to say, any further help would be really appreciated. You can visit my fundraising page here.

On the walk to the start, I was resplendent in my new ‘Marathon de Paris’ T -shirt with the tag-line ‘RUNNING IS LIFE’. I would beg to differ with this sentiment at the moment!

It was a fantastic experience and Paris was so beautiful on a lovely sunny morning. Seeing 55,000 runners mustered along the Champs-Elysees at the start was quite an emotional sight – as was the queue for the toilets!

My favourite part was running along the Seine at 15 – 16 miles and I even managed to accidentally pocket phone my sister to both of our surprises but got some welcome encouragement!

Less enjoyable was the seemingly endless and monotonous pounding of my running shoes on the tarmac and cobbles. This was only equalled by the thump thump thump of the banging house music streamed from my SoundCloud App, which maintained a steady rhythm and has often been my only companion on those long cold training sessions. Today was in fact the first time I’d only worn shorts and a singlet in the last few months.

It was lovely to see so much support for all the runners – so many expectant faces waiting to see their loved ones, a friend or even a complete stranger. The Brits were particularly supportive to me. At times I forgot I had my name and GBR on my bib and wondered why so many people were shouting ‘Allez David’.

Little things make you laugh en route like someone holding up a piece of cardboard and hand written on it: ‘MOTIVATIONAL SIGN’. I was also particularly proud of my ‘Eiffel Tower hat’ selfie at 18 miles. Looking down the route at the ant-like procession, it felt a little like a less flamboyant Gay Pride march, considerably less diverse with much worse personal hygiene!

I have a slight confession to make now: my Brighton Half Marathon was the longest training run I completed! So when I reached the half way mark it felt like I was entering unknown territory. I have to admit that I was carrying a Metro ticket in my bum-bag just in case. That said, at no time did I feel like giving up and letting down everyone who has helped and supported me.

The last 8 kilometres were very painful, mainly in my hip flexors. Around me it became a bit of a ‘Ministry of Silly Walks’ as the task at hand took its toll. On a serious note, it was awful to see so many people being helped by paramedics and connected to saline drips. Victims of dehydration. It made me appreciate that you shouldn’t take on a Marathon lightly.

A huge thank you to my wonderful partner Glen for his patience during training and enthusiasm on the day. Seeing his face periodically through the crowd was a huge boost.

I finished in 04:34:41. I guess a personal best for my first and last marathon … probably!

LandAid SleepOut

This year I joined more than 200 property professionals at LandAid’s SleepOut to raise money for their ongoing drive to end youth homelessness. We slept in freezing temperatures overnight with just some cardboard boxes and sleeping bag to experience what it is like to not have shelter every night. Supplied with tea, coffee and hot soup, the fundraisers heard speeches from four formerly homeless young people, played board games to keep distracted from the cold and networked before getting as snug as possible to battle the snow that seeped through gaps in the tin roof the Old Spitalfields Market in East London.

I must admit that I won the prize for the best ‘bed space’ for his victorious ‘Mann Cave’ that made it through the night, which was the real victory, having raised more than £150k for the charity.

Charity Corner

David Mann, Damian Wild, Editor of Estates Gazette, and Paul Morrish, CEO of LandAid, along with a few members of their respective teams, limber up in Hyde Park. This ‘fit’ gathering helped launch David’s fundraising campaign as he prepares for the Paris Marathon on 8 April. David is running in aid of LandAid, which support projects that provide life-changing accommodation for young people facing homelessness. David Mann added:

Ahead of my 50th birthday this June, my partner Glen recently asked me what I wanted to do. “Run a Marathon,” I replied, not entirely the response he was expecting. I have done a few half marathons circa 25 years ago and have taken part in the JLL Property Triathlon and LandAid 10k in recent years but never do enough training. Whatever ‘enough’ is? LandAid’s invitation to complete one of my bucket list aspirations on their behalf was too good an opportunity to miss.

TFT’s Triathletes

A handful of TFT (aspiring) triathletes from our Bristol, Edinburgh and London offices took part in the annual JLL Property Triathlon at Dorney Lake, Eton. The event, which has raised more than £1.7 million so far, allowed us to contribute to an additional £191,000 raised this year for Crisis UK, the national charity helping the homeless.

Participants competed in either the Triathlon (involving swimming, biking and running), Duathlon (running and biking) or the Relay where each member would compete one section of the triathlon.

The day was thoroughly enjoyable, with a friendly and relaxing environment where families and supporters could come along and contribute to a great cause with additional donations being made to the recent Grenfell Tower victims.

TFT Charity Week for the 2017 LandAid 10k

Our colleagues in London and Guildford offices held a charity week to raise funds for LandAid in the run-up to the 2017 LandAid 10k. We held cake stalls, raffles, guessing competitions and even a sweepstake of the fastest running times! Held at Clapham Common, London, the race aims to help secure vital funds to protect young people on the streets, provide accommodation and training whilst tackling the root causes of homelessness. We raised over £500 and was well-worth the pounds gained from all the cake!

David Mann raises £6,346 for CORAM

TFT Partner David Mann went to MIPIM the hard way – by bike. All in a good cause though as he was raising funds for Club Peloton’s main beneficiary, CORAM, the UK’s first dedicated children’s charity which today continues to pioneer new ways to help children, young people and families.

People have very generously sponsored David, raising £6346 along the way and helping to contribute towards the £550k overall figure raised. A link to the image gallery can be found here. David would like to thank all those who contributed with such big hearts. Thank you.

TFT Bristol Partner completes epic Indian motorcycle road trip for Usha Kiran Eye Hospital

Paul Spaven has completed an epic 2,000km charity road trip around central Western India on a Birmingham-designed, Chennai-built Royal Enfield 500cc motorcycle, raising money for the Usha Kiran Eye Hospital in Mysore.

Paul Spaven, commenting on his epic journey, said:

A delicate operation to restore a baby’s sight costs only £120 and, thanks to the generosity of The Rotary Foundation, it means an individual donation of merely £40 guarantees a new-born baby its sight. This is a cause close to my heart as I suffer from a congenital cataract.

Our mainly off-road trip covered over 2,000km in sweltering temperatures. It was a real privilege to work with Rotary colleagues from across the globe – Australia, Sweden, USA, New Zealand and UK – in India as we took in coffee plantations, temples, waterfalls as well as enjoying the hospitality of our Rotary hosts.

The cost of flights, bike hire, fuel, kit, accommodation and food were all paid for by Paul. Every extra pound will now go directly to charity. Please give generously by clicking here.

TFT gets down and dirty at the LandAid Mudathon

TFT took part in the recent LandAid Mudathon in Dorking. Two teams of 5 competed in the 7k course, tackling over 100 obstacles along the way and helping to contribute to the £6000 raised overall for LandAid and Heartburn Cancer UK. More images can be found here.

TFT gets in training for the LandAid 10K

Clearly the rigorous training paid off as highly respectable individual and team times were achieved in the recent LandAid10K run on Clapham Common.

This raises funds for LandAid, the charity which is committed to ending youth homelessness. We still have a way to go to reach our target figure. If you would like to help us meet our target, and in doing so, make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people, visit our donation page here.

TFT enjoy a right royal day at the races

TFT joined forces with LandAid to enjoy a day at the races in celebration of HRH Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday. Arriving by boat at Windsor Racecourse set the scene for a right royal day of racing, good hospitality and amazingly, good weather. With all proceeds going to LandAid, the charity dedicated to ending youth homelessness and providing life changing support to young people at risk, this was a worthy day in support of an equally worthy cause.