Aylsham

Donations help the needy

Just Regional
May 26, 2020 3 mins read

Two community causes supporting vulnerable people in Norfolk have each received £6,750 from Hopkins Homes’ charitable fund.

The coronavirus outbreak brought significant new challenges for charities and community groups who found themselves unable to offer face to face services. Many supportive resources have been diverted to online counselling and support.

The Hopkins Charitable Fund works with the Norfolk Community Foundation to provide donations through its covid-19 response fund set up in the wake of coronavirus.

The charities Leeway and St Martins successfully applied to the foundation’s response fund and each was awarded a grant of £10,000, thanks to a contribution of £6,750 donated from the Hopkins Charitable Fund.

Leeway is a specialist domestic abuse charity supporting adults, children and young people who experience domestic violence and abuse across Norfolk.

Domestic abuse referrals have risen during the coronavirus outbreak as victims who are in isolation may not be able to access support or escape abuse at times when they otherwise would. Isolation is a tool already used by perpetrators of domestic abuse and the current situation is aiding this isolation, enabling perpetrators to enforce tighter control over their partners and children.

St Martins work with rough sleepers, sofa surfers and those at risk of homelessness, aged 18 and over across Norwich and Norfolk. The number of people accessing their services have increased, as people who normally rely on friends and family for a roof are finding themselves on the streets.

James Hopkins, executive chairman of Hopkins Homes, said: “We recognise that the current crisis is a challenging time for everyone, but there are organisations and people in our local communities who need extra support now, more than ever.

James Hopkins, executive chairman of Hopkins Homes.

“We have donated to causes facing additional strain during this period and we hope this helps to support some of the people most in need.”

Claire Cullens, CEO of Norfolk Community Foundation added: “Our charities and community groups are facing a huge challenge, and funding at this time is vital to help them meet demand and prepare for the future. We give our utmost thanks to Hopkins Homes for supporting community groups in Norfolk doing essential work, supporting the most vulnerable during the crisis. We’ve been amazed and inspired by the generosity of local people, trusts and businesses in coming together to help us rise to this challenge, and provide the funding our frontline charities urgently need.”

As part of its 2017 pledge, the Hopkins Charitable Fund aims to donate half a million pounds over the course of five years to charities and community groups across Norfolk, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire.

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