Cambridgeshire charity vote

Seven Cambridgeshire charities have been shortlisted for the Hopkins Homes Cambridgeshire Charity Vote.

About the shortlist

Working with Cambridge Community Foundation we have shortlisted seven charities who offer essential services to vulnerable members of the community. The pandemic has made fundraising more challenging for charities so please read on to cast your vote and show support for their important work.

The shortlist

Age UK Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

Winning the vote would enable Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to continue providing (possibly increase) a telephone befriender service. The service aims to help combat issues of loneliness and isolation exacerbated by the pandemic and currently supports weekly contact for over 130 ‘matched’ older people and volunteers living in Cambridgeshire.

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Cambridge Housing Society

Cambridge Housing Society believes it takes a village to raise a child. Any money received will be spent on building a mentoring programme for young people at risk of homelessness. As a local charity for over 90 years, CHS group is well placed to build those connections between young people and their community.

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Froglife’s Peterborough Region project helps vulnerable and disadvantaged young people deliver a practical conservation project in their local neighbourhoods. The project improves habitats for wildlife and increases conservation knowledge amongst the young people as well as increasing their mental/physical well-being through improved confidence, social skills and aspirations.

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Winning the vote would enable KICK to deliver a support project for the siblings of young offenders across Huntingdonshire who have an increased risk of being exploited and becoming involved in crime themselves. The project would offer prevention work through group activities alongside one-to-one therapeutic support.

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Meadows Children and Family Wing

The pandemic has led to an increase in demand for the Meadows Children and Family Wing’s Life after Abuse programme for women. Winning the vote would enable the charity to enhance this service to meet individual and family needs and improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

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Winning the vote would help Stars support local children and young people who are coping with the loss of a parent, sibling or other significant person in their life. Through creative counselling and support for their families, children can move through grief and trauma to lead happier, meaningful lives.

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The Soham Hygiene Bank

Through a network of community organisations, schools and charities, the Soham branch of The Hygiene Bank supplies hygiene, personal care and cleaning products to individuals and families in Soham and Cambridgeshire. By supplying these essential items, the charity can help build confidence and support the mental health of recipients.

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Voting has now closed.

Thank you for your interest, we will announce the winners soon.

Joshua Hopkins of the Hopkins Charitable Fund said:

“Covid has had a significant impact on the work of charities both in terms of their levels of fundraising and the increase in demand for their services.

“Throughout the pandemic we’ve been working with charities in East Anglia to help them continue their vital work in their communities. The vote is an opportunity for the public to choose which charity they would like to see receive an extra funding boost.

“All the shortlisted charities offer important services to their communities, The vote is a great way for the charities to galvanise their current supporters, reach out to new ones and they could also receive a significant donation.”

The vote is part of the Hopkins Charitable Fund which since 2017 has donated over £370,000 in small grants, given over £450,000 to major projects and supported over 140 charities, 25 community-run shops and pubs and helped conserve war memorials across East Anglia.

Michael O’Toole, Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire Community Foundation added: “This is a great way for the shortlisted charities to spread the word about their current work and future projects, I’d urge everyone to take a look at the charities and make their choice. The generous donation from Hopkins Homes will significantly help the chosen charities to continue their excellent hard work in our communities.”

The vote has now closed, the winners will be announced shortly.