DIAL tops Hopkins Homes’ Norfolk Charity Vote and wins £7,000 prize
Great Yarmouth-based charity DIAL has been named the winner of the Hopkins Homes Norfolk charity vote and will receive the top donation of £7,000.
The campaign received almost 2,200 votes from Norfolk residents who chose their favorite 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 Matthew Project and St Martins Housing 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 – About with Friends, Daisy Programme and Sunbeams Play.
Jo Howes, Manager at DIAL, said: “We are delighted to have won the public vote and by the level of support we received.
“We give free confidential, financial and personal advice to disabled and vulnerable people in the borough of Great Yarmouth and this £7,000 will make a huge difference to the lives of many people. The money will help us to fund a part-time benefits advisor so that we can support more people in need. I want to thank everybody who took the time to vote for us, the donation means so much to DIAL and our clients.”
DIAL provides specialist advice and support on all aspects of the benefits system from helping to complete complex benefit claim forms through to support at tribunals.
The charity also has fully qualified money and debt advisors who help and support people who have financial issues by providing budgeting support, setting up of manageable repayment plans, and liaising with creditors.
Jo continued: “We really enjoyed being part of the vote and are so grateful to Hopkins Homes for the support.”
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 Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire over five years.
Joshua Hopkins, of the Hopkins Charitable Fund said: “We had a fantastic response to the vote, and I’d like to offer sincere congratulations to DIAL for coming top. All the shortlisted charities do important work in Norfolk and it’s a pleasure to be able to offer them support in this way.
“We hope 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 Norfolk Community Foundation. Claire Cullens, Chief Executive of Norfolk Community Foundation said: “This has been a great way for the shortlisted charities to spread the word about their current initiatives and future projects. It is wonderful to see some local organisations receiving the funding they so desperately need and be able to continue with the fantastic work they have been doing. It has been brilliant to be involved with this year’s Norfolk charity vote and I want to thank everyone for taking part.”