Charity Fund Raising

Developing Communities, Improving Society 

Homes by Holmes is a company driven by Managing Director James Holmes’ passion for his community.

Beyond regeneration projects and building quality homes, we’re also dedicated to fundraising for charities that are important to our team.

The aim is to improve not just the lives of our residents but also those of the entire community by supporting organisations that focus on mental & physical health.


James has so far raised more than £100,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Showmen’s Mental Health with many more fundraising events planned for 2023.

Foodbanks and Mental Health Support for Vulnerable Adults
ames founded a foodbank scheme for his developments. Crisis foodbank cupboards are available on site with access to mental health professionals to help vulnerable tenants. He has led the way in Liverpool developments with 100% social tenancies for vulnerable adults.

Statement from The Children’s Hospital Charity

“James has been a hugely dedicated and valued supporter of Sheffield Children’s Hospital, raising over £25,000 in the past year alone.

Memorably, this has included running several half and full marathons in sweltering heat to support The Children’s Hospital Charity, all while carrying a giant, 5ft 4”, 20kg teddy on his back- the bear was affectionately called Theo after our charity mascot!

His steadfast support also extended to purchasing a Bears of Sheffield sculpture at auction and offering his buildings to display our charity snowflakes on his buildings around Christmas, all to raise much-needed funds for the hospital.

We are truly grateful to have James’ support who is helping to raise awareness for Sheffield Children’s, and change the lives of the patients, families, and staff at the hospital through his fundraising”.

– Tchad Western, Chief Fun Officer, The Children’s Hospital Charity

After a delay of 2 years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, James and his team made their way up Mount Kilimanjaro in September 2022. 

James hiked with Theo the giant teddy bear strapped to his back, as is customary for his fundraising efforts and altogether the teams raised over £21,000 for the Children’s Hospital Charity.

“This is a challenge which will test them to their limits, but it also matches the enthusiasm, dedication and affection they have for our hospital. Every penny they raise will support Sheffield Children’s where it’s needed most, including by building a new life-saving Helipad. Thank you so much”. – Sophie Coburn, Children’s Hospital Charity

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James walked 100 miles from Nottingham to Hull, travelling from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. The start and end points were Nottingham’s Goose Fair and Hull Fair –  a fitting choice for the charity of choice, Showmen’s Mental Health Awareness.

The 2 fun fairs have been going since the 1200s, bringing with them a proud tradition of performer and fairground communities which Showmen’s aims to help by encouraging open discussion of mental health issues.


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Homes by Holmes offered one of their buildings to be used for the 2021 Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity’s snowflake appeal.

The building in Chesterfield has been lit up by snowflakes that are sponsored by local businesses and all proceeds go to the charity.

We’re so grateful to everyone who sponsored a snowflake in Chesterfield. A huge thank you to James Holmes from Homes by Holmes for letting our snowflakes light up his building this year”. 

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James ran the 26.2 mile London Marathon to raise money for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity and TOFS, a charity focussed on supporting people with Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula.

The cause is close to James’ heart as his son was born with the condition. James ran the marathon with a giant teddy bear (named after Theo, the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Mascot) strapped to his back.

“He has already had practice carrying the bear having done so during the recent Sheffield Half Marathon”.

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James took the Peak District Ultra Challenge in July 2022, raising money for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity. The 100km walk is completed over 2 days walking day and night.

“Today I am doing the Continuous 100k Peak District Ultra Challenge carrying our own giant Theo bear to raise funds and awareness for the Children’ hospital charity. 

Thank you to everyone who has supported me on previous events and I hope you can continue to do so now. Every donation counts and seeing them come through will keep me motivated through the hill climbs and hike through the night”. – James Holmes

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The Bears of Sheffield was a large public sculpture trail organised by the Children’s Hospital Charity to raise money for a new Cancer and Leukaemia ward.

The bears were auctioned off and raised an impressive £525k for the hospital charity.

Holmes By Holmes purchased Bear Necessities, one of the Bears of Sheffield that is now displayed at our offices. All proceeds from the sale went to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.

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