Hopkins Homes staff swap hard hats for gardening gloves

 Ten staff from the award-winning Hopkins Group were part of the volunteer team to help Access Community Trust (ACT) clear the garden at its new premises in Saxmundham, undertaking several tasks at what will beocme ACT's new Community Engagement Hub and cafe; including clearing brambles and roots, pruning back shrubs and overgrown trees and a great deal of weeding!

Joshua Hopkins, of the Hopkins Charitable Fund, said: "At Hopkins Homes we are commited to supporting our local communities, that is why we like to offer hands-on help to charities and community groups in addition to our regular financial donations and grants.

"It was a please to lend a helping hand, we really enjoyed getting stuck in and offering some practical support to such a fantastic new facility for Saxmundham. The new Community Engagement Hub and cafe will allow ACT to achieve their goals of providing more activities and continuing their work with young people in the community."

Rob Fawcett from Access Community Trust said: "We're so grateful for Hopkins Homes' help getting our new garden cleared and ready to be developed into a usable outdoor space which will complement and enhance the redevelopment of the community hub and cafe.

"We have only just completed the first phase of the building work, so we still have some way to go before we can open. The volunteers made a huge difference to the garden though, helping us get that phase of the project off to a flying start."

The day was organised by Suffolk Community Foundation which administers the Hopkins Charitable Fund in the county. Stephen Singleton, CEO of Suffolk Community Foundation said: "We've worked with Hopkins Homes for many years and know how passionate they are about strengthening the communities and supporting the local groups that work so hard to achieve this. "This volunteer day has not only benefited Access Community Trust, but Hopkins Homes staff had a rewarding day working alongside their colleagues outside of their usual working environment."