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Blue Smile tops Hopkins Homes’ Cambridgeshire Charity Vote and wins £7,000 prize

Hopkins Homes’ Cambridgeshire Charity Vote and wins £7,000 prize

Cambridge based charity Blue Smile has been named the winner of the Hopkins Homes Cambridgeshire charity vote and will receive the top donation of £7,000.

The campaign received almost 1500 votes from Cambridgeshire residents who chose their favourite charity from a shortlist of six. A £10,000 donation from Hopkins Homes will be shared between the three charities who received the most votes. The vote is part of the £500,000 Hopkins Charitable Fund launched in 2017. The fund will see the developer donate half a million pounds to charities and causes throughout Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk over five years.

Deanne Swain, Fundraising, Communications and Events Manager at Blue Smile, said: “We are delighted to have won the public vote, the other shortlisted charities do great work locally too, so we were very moved by the number of votes we received.

“The support we provide in schools helps children overcome emotional difficulties and stresses, allowing them to fulfil their full potential at school and teaching them resilience for issues they may face later in life. The £7,000 will help Blue Smile subsidise our service to cash-strapped schools to ensure provision remains affordable and accessible to those who most need it.”

Blue Smile sends teams of therapists and mentoring counsellors into its partner schools one day each week to support between 15 and 18 pupils as well as parents, carers and teachers. This support helps children with emotional difficulties or stresses that are restricting them from fulfilling their full potential at school and teaches them resilience for issues they may face in later life.

Deanne continued: “We are very grateful to Hopkins Homes for including us in the vote and we very much appreciated the opportunity to further raise awareness of our work across Cambridgeshire.”

Wintercomfort and Red Balloon Learner Centre Cambridge, came second and third in the vote and will receive donations of £2,000 and £1,000 respectively. Additionally, Hopkins Homes will donate £250 to each of the three remaining charities in support of the excellent work they carry out across the region – Centre33, Home-Start Royston and South Cambridgeshire and Red2Green.

Joshua Hopkins, of the Hopkins Charitable Fund said: “It’s an honour to present the cheque to the top three charities. There was a fantastic level of local engagement with the vote. All six of the shortlisted charities offer such vital support and assistance to people across Cambridgeshire and we are proud that our donations will help them to continue their superb work.”

“Hopkins Homes is committed to building strong communities as well as providing much needed new homes across the region, we hope that the charities continue to thrive and we look forward to hearing more about the work they do.”

The shortlist for the vote was compiled with support from the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation. Michael O’Toole, CEO of the Cambridge Community Foundation said: “As our partnership with Hopkins Homes continues to evolve it has been wonderful to have a part to play in this year’s Cambridgeshire charity vote. It’s fantastic to see some incredibly important local organisations receive the funding they so desperately need, but also the promotional activity and social media surrounding this project that has helped to raise awareness about the important work of the voluntary sector in Cambridgeshire.”

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