Hopkins Homes Building Communities Fund

Hopkins Homes Building Communities Fund

Vote for Hopkins Homes’ Norfolk Charity of the Year

From today, residents of Norfolk are being invited to take part in an online vote to decide which three local charities will receive a share of a £10,000 donation from award-winning housebuilder Hopkins Homes.

The recipients will be chosen from a shortlist of six with awards of £7,000, £2,000 and £1,000 being made to the three charities receiving the most votes.

James Hopkins, Executive Chairman of Hopkins Homes said: “As part of our £500,000 Hopkins Charitable Fund we are delighted to be launching this new initiative for Norfolk.

“At Hopkins Homes we pride ourselves on not only building beautiful homes but also building lasting and self-sustaining communities. The charities shortlisted undertake fantastic work throughout Norfolk and I am confident that the public involvement will not only help the three charities which receive the most votes but also raise awareness of the work of all those taking part.”

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


1.    Age UK Norfolk

2.    Benjamin Foundation

3.    Centre 81

4.    Fresh Start New Beginnings

5.    Leeway

6.    Purfleet Trust


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

Graham Tuttle of the Norfolk Community Foundation added: “We’re extremely pleased that Hopkins Homes has decided to support some of our local charities. Their generous donations will help the chosen charities to continue their excellent work in our communities.

“I will be following the progress of the vote with interest and urge the public to spread the word and show their support for their favourite local causes.”

Launched today the vote will run until 5pm Friday 1st December 2017.

The award-winning housebuilder currently has fifteen developments in progress across Norfolk with new homes available in some of Norfolk’s most popular towns, villages and coastal locations such as Holt, Wymondham, Hunstanton and Overstrand.


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 



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. 



 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.  



Media contact: Ryan Hyman, 01733 207338, ryan@athene-communications.co.uk