Hopkins Homes makes donation to Halesworth volunteer group supporting the elderly & vulnerable

Hopkins Homes makes donation to Halesworth volunteer group supporting the elderly & vulnerable

A Halesworth volunteer group will be able to strengthen its support for the elderly and vulnerable as lockdown eases thanks to a £3,000 donation from Hopkins Homes’ charitable fund.

Halesworth Volunteer Centre has provided a vital service for hundreds of people since the UK went into lockdown during March helping to deliver medication, groceries and other essentials to those who are unable to leave their home during the coronavirus pandemic.

The charity will benefit from £3,000 from the Hopkins Charitable Fund after Hopkins Homes refocused its charitable efforts to support community groups and charities who are helping the most vulnerable during this period.

James Hopkins, Executive Chairman of Hopkins Homes, said: “I have great respect for the essential work being carried out by the Halesworth Volunteer Centre team and I have previously visited the centre to see first-hand the tremendous effort they put in to helping the community.

“Even though we are now easing out of lockdown, the work of charities and community groups to support those in need is far from over. People will still be at home, choosing to shield, and we are pleased to be able to provide this donation to Halesworth Volunteer Centre to allow the charity to maintain its capacity to look after the most vulnerable.”

Emma Healey, Centre Manager at Halesworth Volunteer Centre, added: “We recognise that many of our service users are likely to remain at home for the immediate future because of age and vulnerability and we want to make sure we can continue to provide them with everything they need.

“This is a completely new period for us all and health and safety is of paramount importance; however, with this, does come additional costs to cover the likes of PPE equipment. This very generous donation from our friends at Hopkins Homes will be incredibly helpful in alleviating the pressure of this extra cost.”

Other services provided by Halesworth Volunteer Centre include a community car service to help people attend hospital clinics and appointments and supporting the operation of the Halesworth Foodbank which is seeing increased usage during this time.

As part of its 2017 pledge, the Hopkins Charitable Fund aims to donate half a million pounds to charities and community groups across Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

Efforts have been refocused in recent weeks to support community groups across this region, incuding donations to Bury Women’s Aid; Lighthouse Women’s Aid; Fresh Start New Beginnings; Waveney Domestic Abuse and Violence Forum; Survivors in Transition and Suffolk Rape Crisis