Next year marks the centenary of the end of World War One, in recognition of this, award-winning housebuilder Hopkins Homes has announced a £10,000 grant to support the repair and conservation of East Anglia’s war memorials.
The grant will form part of the recently expanded £500,000 Hopkins Charitable Fund which will see Hopkins Homes distribute half a million pounds to East Anglian based charities and causes over the next five years. The £10,000 war memorials grant forms part of this and will be administered by War Memorials Trust.
James Hopkins, Executive Chairman at Hopkins Homes said: “When we planned the £500,000 Hopkins Charitable Fund we looked at different ways in which we could support our local communities.
“Our intention is to help volunteers, groups and local charities across East Anglia as they work to help create supportive, cohesive communities. Given the strong historical and present day military connections in the area, supporting the conservation of these important community focal points is a natural fit for the Hopkins Charitable Fund.
“War Memorials Trust has a firm policy of ensuring that all conservation work is carried out in accordance with best conservation practice and as such reflects our own commitment to high quality design and construction.”
Frances Moreton, Director of War Memorials Trust said: “We were delighted when Hopkins Homes approached us to administer their generous donation for East Anglia. As the nation prepares to mark next year’s centenary of the end of World War One we have seen a significant increase in the number of requests from communities hoping to repair and conserve their war memorials. The contribution from the Hopkins Charitable Fund will allow us to fund many more of these projects.”
The announcement was made at the rededication ceremony of the newly restored memorial to the 357th Fighter Group United States Army Air Force in Leiston, Suffolk. The conservation work was carried out by Hopkins Homes after the firm was approached by the Friends of Leiston Airfield (FOLA) for assistance.
The rededication ceremony was attended by Joshua Hopkins, who recently joined the land team at the firm started 20 years ago by his father James. Joshua said: “Volunteers and charities do vital work in our communities and Hopkins Homes is proud to have able to help the Friends of Leiston Airfield with restoration of the memorial.
“We hope that the residents of Leiston and those visiting from the United States will be able to enjoy a quiet moment of reflection at the site of the memorial for many years to come.”
Hopkins Homes was also involved in the decision to name streets at its Swanton Morley development after fallen members of the Light Dragoons.
East Anglian communities hoping to receive funding towards their war memorials projects, including potentially benefitting from the funds allocated by Hopkins Homes should visit War Memorials Trust’s website www.warmemorials.org/grants or contact the charity.