Responsibility - Local Charity

  • Black and white shot of the National Gallery, just a short walk from the Haymarket Hotel's central location.


Groundwork is a charity that works locally and nationally to transform lives in disadvantaged communities through different programs. Firmdale's support consists of hosting frequent corporate volunteering days with the charity including:

• Landscaping green spaces / gardens for community use
• Upcycling furniture for those without
• Wash bag donations for the homeless
• Offering work experience to those who need support to get back into the workplace.

Groundwork provide training and create jobs, reduce energy use and waste, aim to reconnect people with nature and transform whole neighbourhoods into better and greener places.

To find out more about Groundwork please click here.


Contact the Elderly is the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation amongst older people. They aim to do this by organising Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of elderly people who live alone, and volunteers within their local community who collect and accompany them, offering a regular and vital friendship link. Firmdale Hotels host afternoon tea parties at all of our London hotels in support of Contact the Elderly.

To find out more about Contact the Elderly please click here.


This is a national children's charity that works hard to enrich the lives of children and young people with serious and life-limiting conditions aged between 2 and 21 years old. Over the last 26 years, they have fulfilled the dreams of more than 5000 children and young people to meet their heroes, enjoy amazing experiences, visit special places and more. Firmdale assist them to fulfil dreams either by providing accommodation as the dream destination or by hosting spa days and afternoon tea events for them.

To find out more about Dreams Come True please click here.


Fine Cell Work is a charity which makes beautiful handmade products in British prisons. Teaching prisoners high-quality needlework boosts their self-worth, instils self-discipline, fosters hope and encourages them to lead independent, crime-free lives. Fine Cell Works products have been designed in collaboration with some of the country’s leading contemporary designers and are all hand-produced in limited editions. Kit Kemp has been a trustee of Fine Cell Work since 2015 and has sat on the charities' design committee for seven years.

To find out more about Fine Cell Work please click here.

Heritage of London trust

The Heritage of London Trust helps preserve the buildings and monuments that tell the story of London and its people. The Heritage of London Trust was set up by the GLC in 1980 to fill the gap in what public bodies could do for London’s lost, neglected or ruined buildings and monuments. Today, the Trust continues that role – seeking out restoration projects which help keep the city's character and charm, and provide a link to its diverse history. Kit Kemp is a trustee of Heritage of London Trust.

To find out more about Heritage of London Trust please CLICK HERE.