HOPKINS HELPS FIGHT POVERTY
Housebuilder Hopkins Homes is giving £20,000 in grants to help combat fuel poverty this winter in Norfolk.
The grants, part of Hopkins’ £150,000 Winter Crisis Fund, will be delivered through food banks as fuel vouchers or direct support with payment of fuel bills for those in crisis. It’s estimated that 11% of households in England are in fuel poverty, many facing the difficult choice of paying for heat or food. But levels in many parts of East Anglia are even higher than this.
The new fund is in addition to the £500,000 Hopkins Charitable Fund launched last year and will seek to alleviate some of the pressures on households across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire as they struggle to keep warm this winter.
Joshua Hopkins of the Hopkins Charitable Fund said: “During our work with the community foundations for the Hopkins Charitable Fund it became apparent that there is a major crisis looming this winter. It’s estimated that around 40,000 households in Norfolk are living in fuel poverty. Last winter was a particularly harsh one weather-wise and we could be in for the same again this year. The small grants for fuel vouchers and support with bills are one way we feel we can make a huge difference to the difficulties facing many vulnerable individuals in our region this winter.”
Volunteers at Norwich food bank