HOP­KINS HOMES GIVES CHAR­I­TIES A BOOST

EADT Suffolk - - PROPERTY -

Suf­folk char­i­ties have re­ceived £15,200 in small grants from the Hop­kins Char­i­ta­ble Fund. The do­na­tions have been awarded by the Hop­kins Homes grants panel, in part­ner­ship with Suf­folk Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, and will pro­vide £15,200 to a va­ri­ety of char­i­ties and com­mu­nity groups across Suf­folk.

The Hop­kins Char­i­ta­ble Fund was launched in Oc­to­ber 2017. The house­builder has com­mit­ted to do­nat­ing £500,000 over five years to char­i­ties and good causes in Suf­folk, Nor­folk and Cam­bridgeshire. The char­ity tack­les hard-hit­ting is­sues within the com­mu­nity, of­fer­ing sup­port to groups work­ing to bring peo­ple to­gether and im­prove lives.

The grants awarded in this round in­clude:

• £3,000 to Bury Drop In to con­tinue and fur­ther develop ser­vice de­liv­ery at the drop-in for the home­less in Bury St Ed­munds and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

• £2,000 to Porch Project to­wards the youth worker salary costs.

• £3,000 to REACH to­wards the run­ning costs of the food­bank

and sup­port services.

• £3,000 to Selig (Suf­folk) Trust to­wards sup­port­ing the core costs of the Ip­swich Win­ter Night Shel­ter.

• £2,000 to Suf­folk Rape Cri­sis to pro­vide 25 ses­sions of coun­selling for women and girls (aged over 14) in the St Ed­munds­bury area who are sur­vivors of rape or sex­ual abuse.

• £2,200 to Theatre Royal Bury St Ed­munds to con­tinue a cross arts project with home­less peo­ple from Bury Drop In Cen­tre.

James Hop­kins, ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of Hop­kins Homes, said: “Hop­kins Homes is com­mit­ted to play­ing a part in build­ing com­mu­ni­ties not just homes. One way we strive to do this is by sup­port­ing good causes that help the most dis­ad­van­taged in so­ci­ety and the char­i­ties and groups that hold the com­mu­nity to­gether. I am proud that we are able to sup­port th­ese grant re­cip­i­ents and I look for­ward to find­ing out more about the valu­able work they do in Suf­folk.”

Stephen Sin­gle­ton, chief ex­ec­u­tive, Suf­folk Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, said: “We con­tinue to see an in­crease in ap­pli­ca­tions from groups and char­i­ties so I am de­lighted that such a sub­stan­tial sum has been awarded by the Hop­kins Char­i­ta­ble Fund in this round of grants. The do­na­tions will make a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence to many dis­ad­van­taged in­di­vid­u­als in our com­mu­ni­ties.”

El­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria and de­tails about how to ap­ply to the fund can be found on the Suf­folk Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion web­site or call Suf­folk Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion on 01473 602602.

ABOVE: An­drea Pit­tock (Suf­folk Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion), James Hop­kins, Joshua Hop­kins and Judy Dow (Suf­folk Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion).

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