Survivors in Transition gets boost from Hopkins Homes

Survivors in Transition, which celebrates ten years working in the Ipswich and Suffolk community next year, received a £10,000 donation from the Hopkins Homes Charitable Fund which was used to carpet throughout the historic building in Fore Street, close to Ipswich Waterfront.

The charity offers counselling and support for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Chief Executive, Fiona Ellis said: "We have been in operation nine years, ten years next year, when we are planning a big celebration.

"In that time we have helped more than 3,000 people. Last year about 450 people completed intervention here. "We help people right across Suffolk and we also get phone calls from right across the country. We always try to help someone, we try to get them in the right place if they have called us."

The charity moved to the premises on Fore Street four years ago, to have a visible and accessible presence in Ipswich.

Ms Ellis added: "It is a safe, warm and welcoming place for people to come in. It feels like home now. We have just extended our lease for ten years, to 2028 and we encourage people to walk in.

"We are very grateful to Hopkins Homes for their support. It is very important to us."

Selina Tollemache Hopkins, for the Hopkins Charitable Fund, said: "When James and I visited we were really impressed with how Fiona is running the centre, the great work that goes along here and we are more than happy to help."