Supporting the Community

Charities We Support

Life isn’t all about taking, it’s about giving. Sadly, too many members of our family, our team and our clients have been affected by some of life’s toughest and cruellest challenges. That’s why, here at Smith Eliot, we do so much for the community. We are always on the lookout for worthy causes. Over the years, we have supported charities such as Rutland Sailability, Cancer Research, Warning Zone and a number of other local organisations and hospices.

In 2016, we organised a fundraising, Bollywood-themed ball which raised £26,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, the charity that works so hard to support young people with cancer. We can’t change the world but, with your help, we can make a difference.

To find out more about our charity work, or to get involved, call the Oakham Office today on 01572 759759.

The St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation

The St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation, founded in 1992, is the charitable arm of the St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group. The Foundation is a grant making charity, and funds projects aimed at children and young people, those whose lives have been challenged by illness, disability or disadvantage. Over the last 25 years, the St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation has raised and distributed over in excess of £120 million.

, supporting hundreds of charities.

Solving Kids' Cancer

Solving Kids’ Cancer supports children and families affected by neuroblastoma, a rare form of paediatric cancer. There are around 100 new cases of neuroblastoma each year, of which children are predominantly under 5 years old. They provide a range of specialist support services to families affected by neuroblastoma designed to equip them with the knowledge and resources they need to fight this disease. They also fund the ground-breaking neuroblastoma research that is essential to push treatment forward and improve outcomes for children.

Solving Kids Cancer focus activities fall in to three distinct areas research, family support and access to treatment, all just as important.

On Saturday 2nd November 2019, Smith Eliot and Ladywood joined forces to host a Charity Gala. For more details, click here for our press release on the Charity Gala 2019.

To find out more please visit:

The Mustard Seed Project

The Mustard Seed Project was founded in 2008 by Rita and Geoff Fowler after they went on safari in Kenya and saw the poor state of the Mombasa School.

Since 2008 the couple have achieved amazing things, not only setting up a school with the later addition of a health clinic they have also provided the community with a clean water well, mosquito nets and much more!

To find out more about the charity and what you can do to help, please visit

The Harley Staples Cancer Trust

When you discover that your child has cancer, you probably think that neither of you will ever smile again. The practical challenges are difficult enough. Emotionally, it can seem unbearable. The couple behind The Harley Staples Cancer Trust know how it feels. Katherine and Jamie Staples lost their beloved son Harley to a rare form of Leukemia in 2009, just nine months after he was diagnosed.

As a lasting tribute to Harley, they established this charity which now provides much-needed breaks for families whose children have cancer, in either a smart caravan on the Norfolk coast, or a luxury lodge in the heart of Rutland. This gives families a break from the stresses of treatment. It even puts smiles back on their faces again.

A glance at the guest book tells you what a difference this makes. Find out more by visiting their website:



Lives can change in a heartbeat. One minute everything’s fine; next, your world is upside down. For some people, that’s the moment they learn their children are going to need special help. If that happens, it’s good to know that help is at hand. Sunflowers (or ‘Sunnies’) is a weekly support group for parents and carers in Oakham, who have young children with a variety of additional needs.

For these parents and carers, Sunnies provides an opportunity to meet, make new friends and ask for advice. For children, it’s fun time. They can enjoy a swim in the pool, with help to make this possible, followed by opportunities to play and learn in a safe, understanding environment. Sunflowers is run by volunteers and depends on the support of people like you.

Our business is built on family values, so we’re proud to be backing Sunnies. To find out more about Sunflowers, contact Nicola Harries: [email protected] or visit the their Facebook page here.

Education for the Children

As you know, it has always been part of our ethos to support good causes. This year, we are running several charitable events (you can find out more in our calendar of events) and have decided to sponsor two children in Guatemala – Fatima (7) and Isaac (6) – throughout their education. Fatima and Isaac started in reception class on January 15 and we are supporting them through the Nottingham-based Charity, Education for the Children.

This charity supports disadvantaged families in Guatemala whose parents cannot afford education. Without this vital support, young children would end up working in factories or fields. We will fund their schooling, social support, general care and medical care. We feel privileged to be able to help in this way and will share regular updates on our website. If you want to get involved, you can also find out how to help on our website.

We also support local and national charities and are always looking out for a good cause, so please let us know of any close to your heart. The link to their website is

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