Hopkins Homes gives charities a boost

 The Hopkins Charitable Fund was launched in October 2017. The housebuilder has committed to donating £500,000 over five years to charities and good causes in Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. The charity tackles hard-hitting issues within the community, offering support to groups working to bring people together and improve lives.

The grants awarded in this round include:

*£3,000 to Bury Drop in to continue and further develop service delivery at the drop-in for the homeless in Bury St Edmunds and surrounding areas.

*£2,000 to Porch Projects towards the youth worker salary costs.

*£3,000 to REACH towards the running costs of the foodbank and support services.

*£3,000 to Selig (Suffolk) Trust towards supporting the core costs of the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter.

*£2,000 to Suffolk Rape Crisis to provide 25 sessions of counselling for women and girls (aged over14) in the St Edmundsbury area who are survivors of rape or sexual abuse.

*£2,200 to Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds to continue a cross arts project with homeless people from Bury Drop in Centre.

James Hopkins, executive chairman of Hopkins Homes said: "Hopkins Homes is committed to playing a part in building communities not just homes. One way we strive to do this is by supporting good causes that help the most disadvantaged in society and the charities and groups that hold communities together. I am proud that we are able to support these grant recipients and I look forward to finding out more about the valuable work they do in Suffolk."

Stephen Singleton, chief executive, Suffolk Community Foundation, said: "We continue to see an increase in applications from groups and charities so I am delighted that such a substantial sum has been awarded by the Hopkins Charitable Fund in this round of grants. The donations will make a significant difference to many disadvantaged individuals in our communities."