Great Yarmouth based Centre 81 has been named the winner of the inaugural Hopkins Homes Norfolk Charity of the Year public vote and will receive the top donation of £7,000.
The campaign received more than 1,000 votes from Norfolk 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 receiving the most votes. The vote is part of the recently launched £500,000 Hopkins Charitable Fund. The fund will see the developer donate half a million pounds to charities and causes throughout Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire over the next five years.
Centre 81’s two key services are a lifeline for many Great Yarmouth residents – a skills and activities centre for people with a disability and a community transport service to those who can’t access traditional public transport.
The Purfleet Trust and Age UK Norfolk came second and third in the vote and will receive £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.
Diana Staines of Centre 81 said: “We are over the moon to win the public vote. The £7,000 will be a real boost for the charity and an acknowledgement of the valuable work we do helping adults with physical, sensory and complex health and social needs. The money will go towards the purchase of a new minibus which will enable us to continue to provide a rich programme of activities, allowing our members to participate in a great range of activities in the wider community.
“We are very grateful to Hopkins Homes for including us in the vote and we have enjoyed this opportunity to further raise awareness of our work in the area.”
Joshua Hopkins, Land Buyer at Hopkins Homes 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 support and assistance to some of the region’s most vulnerable residents and we are proud that our donations will help them to continue the fantastic work they do across Norfolk.
“Hopkins Homes is committed to building strong communities as well as providing beautiful 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 Norfolk Community Foundation, Graham Tuttle, Chief Executive of the foundation, said: “I’m delighted that so many local residents supported their favourite charities by voting from them. I’m sure all three of the winning charities will be appreciative of the funds and that the money will make a tangible difference to the work that they do.”
Hopkins Homes recently received a national award for Best Medium Housebuilder and has developments across Norfolk.