charity of the year

Urban Spaces are very proud of their philanthropic pursuits. In addition to the many charity events we support through sponsorship, we also choose a specific charity each year for which to raise money and awareness.


Charity of the Year 2016 – Barnardo's

Barnardo’s is a UK children’s charity. Their mission is to help the most vulnerable children and young people transform their lives and fulfill their potential. Their vision is that all children should be free from poverty, abuse and discrimination. 

Barnardo’s run more than 900 community-based projects across the UK and the work is funded by a combination of funds from the Government and Local Authorities, and generous donations from Major Donors, Trusts and Foundations, Corporate Partners and individuals. 

Last year Barnardo’s transformed the lives of more than 200,000 children, young people and their families. With the right help, committed support and education, they believe that even the most disadvantaged children and young people can turn their lives around and go on to have a fulfilled future.                                                                    

Greene & Co. are proud to be supporting Barnardo's as our Charity of the Year
for 2016  and help transform more young lives.

COSMIC - Children of St. Mary

Charity of the Year 2015 – COSMIC

COSMIC (Children of St Mary’s Intensive Care), supports the children’s intensive care unit at St Mary’s Hospital in London by helping patients and their families, and enabling their dedicated team to treat hundreds of critically ill children each year.

To support these children and families during the hardest of times, COSMIC help by purchasing vital equipment, providing parent accommodation, supporting training for medical professional and fund internationally significant research into life-threatening childhood diseases.

So far COSMIC has purchased over £1.2million of life saving equipment and have spent over £1.2million on ground breaking research.

Greene & Co. are proud to be supporting COSMIC as our Charity of the Year for 2015 so that the unit can expand and add more of the much needed beds to help more children.

Teenage Cancer Trust - A charity devoted to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer

Charity of the Year 2014 – Teenage Cancer Trust

Over the past 21 years Teenage Cancer Trust has learned a lot about what it’s like to be a young person with cancer. Because Teenage Cancer Trust understands their unique emotional, physical and practical needs, they can provide better care, better services and hopefully a more positive outcome for young people.

Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. They need expert treatment and support from the moment they hear the word 'cancer'. Teenage Cancer Trust are the only charity dedicated to making this happen.

Without the work of Teenage Cancer Trust, young people with cancer would be treated alongside children or elderly patients at the end of their lives. There’s never a good time to get cancer, but with your help we can make a difference to the young person affected by it.

Urban Spaces are proud to be supporting Teenage Cancer Trust as our Charity of the Year for 2014.

Rays of Sunshine

Charity of The Year 2013 – Rays of Sunshine

Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity was formed in 2004 to help children who are living with serious or life-limiting illnesses between the ages of 3–18, across the United Kingdom.

It does this by granting these children's wishes however impossible the wish may seem, granting hospital ward wishes and organising events and outings for large groups of seriously ill children such as trips to Legoland and their annual Sunshine Concert.

With your help and support together this year we can help them turn more wishes into happy memories.


Charity of the Year 2012 – The 3Cs

Crohn’s & Colitis in Childhood, The 3Cs, was formed over 20 years ago by a committee of parents with a child or children suffering from Crohn’s or colitis. The charity works closely with the research teams to ensure that monies donated can bring real benefits to those suffering from these two incurable complaints.

Both are chronic conditions that cause inflammation of the lining of the digestive system and can lead to a narrowing or blockages in the colon which require surgery. About 80% of sufferers require surgery at some point. For children, the disease can be both debilitating and embarrassing. Fatigue and lethargy make it very difficult to study or attend school. A sudden flare-up can lead to weeks off school at critical times, thus affecting the whole school life of a child.

More information on the charity and both conditions can be found on the website

This year we pledge to raise a total of £15,000 for 3Cs to help fund research into better treatment and support for families touched by Crohn’s and colitis.  So we have co-organised the YMCA Crouch End Fun Run Festival and another Golf Day, following the success of these events last year.

3Cs also partner with Guts in Motion (GIM), a charity that organises annual cycle events to raise funds. This year the challenge is a Paris to London ride, covering 180 miles over three days through beautiful countryside. For more details on how to get involved check out their website

Action Duchenne


Charity of the Year 2011– Action Duchenne

Action Duchenne is fighting for a cure for muscular dystrophy. They promote awareness, raise funds and offer a community of support for patients and parents. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a heart-breaking disease. Children, mostly boys, begin to see their muscles waste away and families struggle to cope with the diagnosis and day-to-day management of this condition. Young men die in their late teens or are left wheelchair-bound and unable to move unaided. The hope for families lies in new treatments that can slow or stop DMD in its tracks.

To donate to this cause please visit their website

Grief Encounter Project

Charity of the Year 2010 – Grief Encounter

Grief Encounter support bereaved children and their families during their time of need. Grief Encounter aims to help and support each person with an individual approach offering a flexible and accessible bereavement service which professionally listens and understands, cares and responds to the needs of each service user.

The vision at the Grief Encounter Project is "that every bereaved child and their family in the UK get the best possible help, recognition and understanding following their loss."

"We were so proud to be chosen as the charity of the year – I will never forget David's phone call. More than that you did not just expect us to do all the work, and as a charity without huge access to resources the help you gave us with the back-end was enormously appreciated. It did show us how hard fundraising is, no matter what the cause, but despite all the odds you raised your target. For the kids especially, where their own friends find it so hard to understand what it is like living without a Mum or Dad, they gain great confidence from others who are also bereaved. So a heartfelt thank you from us all." Shelley Gilbert – CEO Grief Encounter.

To donate to this cause please visit their website

Fight for Life - Fighting Children


Charity of the Year 2009 – Fight for Life

The Fight for Life children's cancer charity is committed to raising substantial funds each year to maintain the Radiotherapy Unit treating children at the new University College Hospital in Marylebone Road, London.

This unit services all of Great Ormond Street's radiotherapy needs and is the primary paediatric radiotherapy unit in the south-east of England. Since Fight for Life began in 1997 they have purchased their very own Radiotherapy Linear Accelerator machine and a PET/CT scanner, and also maintain a wonderful children's play area which is regularly updated with toys and equipment.

The play area and their wonderful play therapist help to make the unit and the treatment much more 'kid friendly' and much less scary.

Urban Spaces are setting a target this year of £10,000 and have committed to donate £5,000 of our own money, plus spend up to an additional £3,000 on hosting events, branding, joint promotion and prizes.

To donate to this cause please visit their website

Project Butterfly at Marie Curie Hospice


Charity of the Year 2008 – Project Butterfly

Urban Spaces and Greene & Co. raised £3,400 for the refurbishment of the Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead by hosting a Crouch End Fun Day on Sunday 13 July. The major event of the day was a Twenty20 Charity Cricket Match between the Greene & Co. Allstars and the Hornsey Cricket Club.

The cricket match was won (not surprisingly) by the Hornsey Cricket Club with the MD of the Greene & Co. group David Pollock commenting “Let’s be grateful that we are better at selling houses and raising money for charity than we are at playing cricket!” Even with the help of EastEnders Mohammed George (who plays Gus) on the estate agents' team, we could not defeat the local cricket club!

£1,700 of the funds raised on the day was through raffle tickets and generous donations. The remaining £1,700 was a matching donation from Urban Spaces.