Award-winning housebuilder Hopkins Homes is marking the sale of its 5,000th home by doubling the size and widening the geographic area of the Hopkins Charitable Fund. This will create a fund of at least £500,000 for local charities in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk over the next five years.
Making the announcement James Hopkins said: “As a company, we are proud of our strong track record of supporting local communities and charities. But as we grow as a company, we want to grow our charitable giving too. This year we have reached a new milestone for the company - the sale of our 5000th home. We will be announcing more details of this shortly but to mark this occasion we are doubling the size of our existing Charitable Fund to support local communities across our operating area.
“From our first project 20 years ago to the present day, high quality design has been at the heart of each of those 5,000 homes. But this commitment to design is not just about building beautiful homes, it is also about ensuring that we design houses that local people can be proud of, whether they live in them or not, and play our part in creating strong, cohesive communities across Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk.
“The expansion of the Hopkins Charitable Fund is an extension of this desire to contribute to the local community, not just through the quality of what we build but by supporting charities and good causes to help vulnerable members of our society. As a regional housebuilder many of the causes and charities are familiar to me on a personal level and I am delighted that through this fund we will be able to support them even more.”
The Fund will support charities and community groups across Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk and will be administered by the respective Community Foundations of each county. There will also be a public vote for one-off larger donations every two years in each county and a separate pot of money within the overall fund to support the work of War Memorials Trust to help repair and conserve East Anglia’s war memorials. In total the fund aims to give out over £100,000 in grants each year.
The award winning housebuilder has a strong track record of charitable giving and since 2000 has given out grants of more than £125,000 to Suffolk based charities. Earlier this year the firm invited the residents of Cambridgeshire to vote for the Hopkins Homes Cambridgeshire Charity of the Year. Over 2,300 people voted online for their preferred charity from a shortlist of six with the top three charities receiving a share of £10,000.
The charities are chosen to complement Hopkins Homes’ housebuilding programme by supporting organisations and activities that help bring communities together and support the most vulnerable.