Earlier this month Hopkins Homes launched their £150,000 Hopkins Winter Crisis Fund. Now the Woodbridge-based housebuilder has pledged some of this money to match up to £30,000 of donations to the Surviving Winter campaign and help support those facing the heart-rendering choice of whether to heat or eat this winter.
Fuel poverty is a real and growing problem in our region, it occurs when households are pushed below the poverty line because of the cost of their energy bills. As a result of this many vulnerable people across East Anglia will face major hardship, ill health or even death this winter.
Award-winning developer Hopkins Homes recently announced a major new £150,000 fund to help combat the pressure of fuel poverty across Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire and has today announced that £30,000 of this will be offered as a match funding challenge in support of Suffolk Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter campaign.
Speaking of the launch of the Hopkins Winter Crisis Fund, Joshua Hopkins said: “Last year we launched the £500,000 Hopkins Charitable Fund. Through this fund Hopkins Homes has already committed to donating £500,000 over five years to charities and causes across our region to help and support some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. During discussions around these donations it became very apparent that fuel poverty is a major issue in our region which is expected to worsen as bad weather combines with other factors such as uncertainty around the roll out of universal credit, rising fuel prices, stagnant wages and higher living costs.
“As a result we have committed to making a further donation of £150,000 to set up the Hopkins Winter Crisis Fund with the explicit aim of helping to alleviate the pressures of fuel poverty.”
Suffolk is set to benefit from £50,000 of this donation with £20,000 already allocated as a small grants fund to be distributed through food banks and other outreach charities in the form of fuel vouchers or direct support with energy bills.
Joshua continued, “We have worked closely with the Community Foundations to ensure this money reaches those most in need. As a result, I’m delighted to announce that as part of the Hopkins Winter Crisis Fund, we have offered to match fund donations to Suffolk Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter campaign up to a sum of £30,000.”
The Surviving Winter campaign aims to encourage those in receipt of the Government’s winter fuel payment who could afford to do without it, to donate the money to those in greater need. It’s not just the winter fuel allowance that can be donated, sums of any amount are welcome and will be matched by the Hopkins Winter Crisis Fund ensuring that even more people can benefit from the support on offer.
Tim Holder, Head of Public Affairs at Suffolk Community Foundation said: “Last year was our most successful Surviving Winter campaign to date. We raised £110,000 and were able to help 668 households to keep warm. As a result we have been able to widen the pool of partners and charities we are working with this year and so we expect to have even greater levels of demand for assistance.
“Hopkins Homes’ support represents the largest donation ever to Surviving Winter and is a major boost to our campaign and will make a very real difference to the lives of some of the most disadvantaged members of our communities. Any individuals or companies wishing to donate should visit our website or call 01473 602602.
“We are delighted to be working with Hopkins Homes on this and their wider Winter Crisis Fund. The £150,000 they have committed for use across the region will make a significant difference to the lives of so many and we look forward to helping ensure a warmer winter for those most in need.”
For more information about the Hopkins Winter Crisis Fund visit www.hopkinshomescharity.co.uk or to donate to the Surviving Winter campaign visit www.suffolkcf.org fill in the form in the East Anglian Daily Times or call 01473 602602.