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Reach Community Projects named Hopkins Homes’ Suffolk Charity of the Year and handed £7,000 prize

Haverhill based Reach Community Projects has been named the winner of the inaugural Hopkins Homes Suffolk Charity of the Year public vote and will receive the top donation of £7,000.

The campaign received more than 2,300 votes from Suffolk residents who chose their favourite charity from a shortlist of seven. A £10,000 donation from Hopkins Homes will be shared between the three charities receiving the most votes. The vote is part of the £500,000 Hopkins Charitable Fund launched last year. The fund will see the developer donate half a million pounds to charities and causes throughout Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire over the next five years.

Reach Community Projects aims to tackle poverty in and around Haverhill, providing practical and emotional support to those struggling with debt, low income, homelessness or housing problems.

The charity has recently embarked on an ambitious refurbishment project to provide more meeting rooms at its Resource Centre off Gloucester Road. The £7000 donation will be spent on furthering this project.

IHAG and the Halesworth Volunteer Centre came second and third in the vote and will receive donations of £2,000 and £1,000 respectively. Additionally, Hopkins Homes will donate £250 to each of the four remaining charities in support of the excellent work they carry out across the region – Access Community Trust, Bury Women’s Refuge, 4YP and Bury Drop In.

Henry Wilson, Projects Director at Reach Community Projects said: “We are over the moon to win the public vote, the other shortlisted charities do great work locally too so we were very touched by the support people gave to us. The Resource Centre is a vital tool in the fight against poverty in our area and the £7,000 will make a significant difference to our refurbishment project, in turn enabling us to assist more local people. Through the Resource Centre we are able to offer a range of services including money advice, a foodbank, starter packs and client aid which provides essential items to those in need.

 “We are very grateful to Hopkins Homes for including us in the vote and we very much enjoyed the opportunity to further raise awareness of our work in the area.”

Joshua Hopkins, Land Buyer at Hopkins Homes said: “It’s an honour to present the cheque to the top three charities. There was a fantastic level of local engagement with the vote. All seven of the shortlisted charities offer support and assistance to some of the region’s most vulnerable residents and we are proud that our donations will help them to continue the superb work they do across Suffolk.

“Hopkins Homes is committed to building strong communities as well as providing much needed new homes across the region, we hope that the charities continue to thrive and we look forward to hearing more about the work they do.”

The shortlist for the vote was compiled with support from the Suffolk Community Foundation. Stephen Singleton, Chief Executive, Suffolk Community Foundation said: “As our partnership with Hopkins Homes continues to evolve it has been wonderful to play our part in this latest innovation in their grant making. The end result has been twofold, to see some incredible important local organisations receive the funding they so desperately need, but also through the storytelling surrounding this project both in print and online, to raise awareness about the need here in Suffolk and the important work of our Voluntary Sector as a whole.”

 

Hopkins Homes recently received a national award for Best Medium Housebuilder and has developments across Suffolk.  

 

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Vote for Hopkins Homes’ Suffolk Charity of the Year

Hopkins Homes is holding an online vote to decide which Suffolk charities will receive a share of a £10,000 donation from the Hopkins Charitable Fund.

Suffolk residents can take part in the vote by choosing their favourite from a shortlist of seven local charities. The charity which receives the most votes will receive a £7,000 donation, second place will receive £2,000 and £1,000 will go to the charity receiving the third highest number of votes.

James Hopkins, Executive Chairman of Hopkins Homes said: “As a Suffolk based company we have always been involved in supporting local charities and many of our employees also have personal links with them. We are very excited to ask residents of Suffolk to choose which of these shortlisted charities they would like us to support.

“In 2017, we held charity votes in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk and The Bobby Scheme and Centre81 each received £7,000 respectively. It is fantastic to see the difference the money has already made to them.”

Hopkins Homes launched its Community Fund in 2016 with a £250,000 endowment administered by the Suffolk Community Foundation. To mark the sale of their 5,000th home, the size of this fund was doubled to £500,000 and expanded to cover Norfolk and Cambridgeshire in addition to Suffolk. The charity vote is just one of the ways in which these funds will be distributed 

James continues: “The vote is a great opportunity for the charities to engage with the public and to raise their profiles as well as be in with the chance to receive a substantial donation. The seven charities shortlisted all carry out fantastic work across the county and we are delighted to support them in this. 

The shortlist has been compiled by Hopkins Homes with the assistance of the Suffolk Community Foundation and focuses on key themes of homelessness and displacement, deprivation and vulnerable people. The charities chosen for the shortlist are:

 

1.    Access Community Trust

2.    Bury Drop In

3.    Bury Women’s Aid

4.    IHAG

5.    Halesworth Volunteer Centre

6.    Reach

7.    4YP

The public can find out more about each charity and cast their vote by visiting www.hopkinshomescharity.co.uk/suffolk

Stephen Singleton, CEO of Suffolk Community Foundation said: “We’re incredibly grateful to Hopkins Homes for their continued generosity to charities across Suffolk. The Suffolk Community Foundation has worked very closely with Hopkins Homes for many years. The expansion of the Hopkins Charitable Fund will deliver at least £175,000 to charities across Suffolk over five years, meaning more of these causes will benefit from donations.

“I would like to urge members of the community to vote for their chosen charity as this amount of money can make a huge difference to the work they are able to provide for vulnerable members of the community.”

The vote will run until 5pm Friday 9 March.

USE @HopkinsCharitableFund on Facebook to vote!!  

The housebuilder was recently crowned Best Medium Housebuilder at a national awards ceremony and currently has developments in progress across Suffolk with new developments at Bramford and Easton to be launched soon. 

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Centre 81 named Hopkins Homes’ Norfolk Charity of the Year and handed £7,000 prize

Great Yarmouth based Centre 81 has been named the winner of the inaugural Hopkins Homes Norfolk Charity of the Year public vote and will receive the top donation of £7,000.

The campaign received more than 1,000 votes from Norfolk residents who chose their favourite charity from a shortlist of six. A £10,000 donation from Hopkins Homes will be shared between the three charities receiving the most votes. The vote is part of the recently launched £500,000 Hopkins Charitable Fund. The fund will see the developer donate half a million pounds to charities and causes throughout Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire over the next five years.

Centre 81’s two key services are a lifeline for many Great Yarmouth residents – a skills and activities centre for people with a disability and a community transport service to those who can’t access traditional public transport.

The Purfleet Trust and Age UK Norfolk came second and third in the vote and will receive £2,000 and £1,000 respectively. Additionally, Hopkins Homes will donate £250 to each of the three remaining charities in support of the excellent work they carry out across the region.

Diana Staines of Centre 81 said: “We are over the moon to win the public vote. The £7,000 will be a real boost for the charity and an acknowledgement of the valuable work we do helping adults with physical, sensory and complex health and social needs. The money will go towards the purchase of a new minibus which will enable us to continue to provide a rich programme of activities, allowing our members to participate in a great range of activities in the wider community.

 “We are very grateful to Hopkins Homes for including us in the vote and we have enjoyed this opportunity to further raise awareness of our work in the area.”

Joshua Hopkins, Land Buyer at Hopkins Homes said: “It’s an honour to present the cheque to the top three charities. There was a fantastic level of local engagement with the vote. All six of the shortlisted charities offer support and assistance to some of the region’s most vulnerable residents and we are proud that our donations will help them to continue the fantastic work they do across Norfolk.

“Hopkins Homes is committed to building strong communities as well as providing beautiful new homes across the region, we hope that the charities continue to thrive and we look forward to hearing more about the work they do.”

The shortlist for the vote was compiled with support from the Norfolk Community Foundation, Graham Tuttle, Chief Executive of the foundation, said: “I’m delighted that so many local residents supported their favourite charities by voting from them. I’m sure all three of the winning charities will be appreciative of the funds and that the money will make a tangible difference to the work that they do.”

Hopkins Homes recently received a national award for Best Medium Housebuilder and has developments across Norfolk.  

 

For more information about Hopkins Homes please visit www.hopkinshomes.co.uk

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Huntingdon and Sudbury memorials first to benefit from Hopkins Homes’ fund

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The Bobby Scheme named Hopkins Homes’ Cambridgeshire Charity of the Year and handed £7,000 prize

The Bobby Scheme has been named the winner of the inaugural Hopkins Homes Cambridgeshire Charity of the Year public vote and will receive the top donation of £7,000

The campaign received more than 2,300 votes from Cambridgeshire residents who chose their favourite charity from a shortlist of six. A £10,000 donation from Hopkins Homes will be shared between the three charities receiving the most votes.

The Ely Foodbank and the Huntingdonshire Area Money Advice Service came second and third in the vote and will receive £2,000 and £1,000 respectively. Additionally, Hopkins Homes will donate £250 to each of the three remaining charities in recognition of the excellent work they carry out across the region.

Shirley Simpson of The Bobby Scheme said: “We are over the moon to win the public vote. The £7,000 will be a real boost for the charity and an acknowledgement of the valuable work we do helping vulnerable people in our community. We are currently raising funds to replace our Bobby van and the donation will help us with this cause significantly.

“We are very grateful to Hopkins Homes for including us in the vote and we have enjoyed this opportunity to further raise awareness of our work in the area.”

James Hopkins, Executive Chairman of Hopkins Homes said: “We are delighted with the level of local engagement that the vote received. All six of the shortlisted charities offer support and assistance to some of the region’s most vulnerable residents and we are proud that our donations will help them to continue the fantastic work they do across Cambridgeshire.

“Hopkins Homes is committed to building strong communities as well as providing beautiful new homes across the region, we hope that the charities continue to thrive and we look forward to hearing more about the work they do.” 

About The Bobby Scheme:

The Cambridgeshire Police Shrievalty Trust has been running the Bobby Scheme in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough since 2001 and helped secure the homes of over 25,000 residents. The Bobby Scheme provides a service for older, vulnerable, disabled people by improving their home security, to reduce crime, reduce fear of crime and increase independence, confidence and feelings of safety. The scheme also secures the homes of domestic abuse victims.

 

For more information about The Bobby Scheme please visit thebobbyscheme.org 

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Hopkins Homes' Cambridgeshire Charity of the Year

 

Hopkins Homes is the largest independent house builder in East Anglia. As a company we pride ourselves not only on the quality of the homes we create, but the strength of our links to the local community. We have a number of developments in Cambridgeshire boasting award-winning homes of character and individuality; these include:

 

 

 

Our dedication to quality is demonstrated by some of the awards the company has achieved including the prestigious Seal of Excellence and Pride in the Job Awards from the NHBC in 2016, Best Development in the Sunday Times British Homes, Housebuilder and Whathouse? Awards 2015 and the LABC Building Excellence Award 2015.

 

As a member of the community Hopkins Homes regularly supports charitable causes. In 2016 a Building Communities Fund was established for Suffolk with grants distributed to a number of causes, including a Women’s Refuge in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich Housing Action Group and Suffolk Young People’s Health Project.

 

This year sees the launch of our first Cambridgeshire Charity of the Year campaign during which we will be distributing £10,000 between three, from a possible six, Cambridgeshire based charities chosen by the public.

 

With the help of the Cambridgeshire Community foundation we have identified a shortlist of six charities and are asking local residents to vote for their preferred cause.  The charity with the most votes will receive £7000, the second most - £2000 and third most - £1000. The six chosen charities are:

 

 

You can cast your vote at the bottom of this page or by viewing this link: http://www.hopkinshomescharity.co.uk/ 

However you may wish to take a moment to read about each charity, what they do and how they would spend the money if they won the vote. 

 

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 Hopkins Homes visits Suffolk good causes ahead of applications opening for second round of grants

 The executive chairman of Hopkins Homes, James Hopkins, visited good causes throughout Suffolk last week ahead of the call for applications to the second round of grants to the Hopkins Homes Building Communities Fund.

The housebuilders established a community fund worth £250,000 last year to provide grants of up to £2,000 to good causes that bring communities together throughout Suffolk. The first round of grants handed out a total of £15,000 to nine charities and community groups across the region in January earlier this year.

Mr Hopkins was introduced to a number of causes throughout the day by members of the Suffolk Community Foundation. The causes included:

 

·           Bury Women’s Aid - A charity working with women and their children who are victims of domestic abuse in Bury St Edmunds.

·         The Mix - An organisation based in Stowmarket that aims to support young people in Suffolk, providing a place where young people can feel inspired, develop their confidence and experience creativity.

·          Suffolk Young People’s Health Project – A project which provides a range of services to the most vulnerable, disadvantaged young people in Suffolk.

·         Ipswich Housing Action Group – An independent charity with a focus on campaigning for and on behalf of marginalised, especially single homeless, adults. Each year they deliver hostel accommodation for 80 people.

James Hopkins, executive chairman of Hopkins Homes, said: “As a local housebuilder we understand just how important a strong community plays in our quality of lives. 

“I am delighted to see so many causes throughout our region tackling issues that really make a difference to their community and reach out to the most vulnerable members of our society. I am always keen to learn about the fantastic work they do.

 “We are inviting good causes and organisations to apply for a grant of up to £2,000 from the Hopkins Homes Building Communities Fund from 25 April 2016. We will be announcing the second round of grants later this summer.”

Charities and community groups can bid for a share of the fund from 25 April 2016 by contacting the Suffolk Community Foundation on 01473 602602 or emailing grants@suffolkcf.org.uk. The deadline for submissions is Monday 6 June 2016.

Further details of how to apply and eligibility criteria can be found on the Hopkins Homes website www.hopkinshomes.co.uk/bcf and www.suffolkcf.org.uk/apply/grants.