Six charities shortlisted for Hopkins Homes’ vote

Six charities shortlisted for Hopkins Homes’ vote
Joshua Hopkins of the Hopkins Charitable Fund presenting the cheque to the top three charities in the 2017 Norfolk vote. From left: Diana Staines (Centre 81), Paula Hall (The Purfleet Trust), Joshua Hopkins (Hopkins Homes) and Hilary MacDonald (Age UK Norfolk).

Six Norfolk charities have been shortlisted for the Hopkins Homes Norfolk Charity vote. Voting opens today (Monday 18th November) and the charities could receive a share of £10,000.

The shortlist has been compiled by Hopkins Homes with support from the Norfolk Community Foundation and focuses on key themes of homelessness and displacement, deprivation and vulnerable people:

1. About with Friends – supports individuals living with disabilities helping them live life to the full through programmes which include workskills, respite and home support services.

    2. Daisy programme – provides long term support, including specialist counselling, programmes and social activities to men or women in the Breckland area affected by domestic abuse.

    3. DIAL – offers free confidential financial and personal advice to disabled and vulnerable people in the borough of Great Yarmouth.

    4. Matthew Project - supports young people, adults, veterans, and families who are affected by substance misuse.

    5. St Martins Trust aims to maximise independent living and prevent homelessness by offering a hand up – housing, support and care – to the most vulnerable.

    6. Sunbeams Play is an Ofsted registered charity based in Great Yarmouth supporting children, young people and families affected by autism through 1-1 sessions, groups, advocacy and training.

      The three charities with the most votes when it closes at 5pm Friday 6th December will receive a share of £10,000 (first place £7,000; second £2,000 and third £1,000).

      Joshua Hopkins of the Hopkins Charitable Fund said: “We are very excited to launch the charity vote for Norfolk. The six charities have been shortlisted for the outstanding contribution they make to the lives of so many in the area.

      “The vote is a great way for the charities to galvanise their current supporters, reach out to new ones and they could also receive a significant donation.”

      The first charity vote for Norfolk was held in 2017. Over 1000 votes were cast with Centre 81 receiving the most votes and the top, £7,000, donation. The Hopkins Charitable Fund also holds regular votes in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

      The votes are one of the initiatives offered by the Hopkins Charitable Fund as part of its 2017 pledge to donate half a million pounds over the course of five years to charities and community groups across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

      The public can find out more about each charity and cast their vote by visiting

      Claire Cullens, Chief Executive of Norfolk Community Foundation added: “This is a great way for the shortlisted charities to spread the word about their current schemes and future projects, I’d urge everyone to take a look at the charities and make their choice. The generous donation from Hopkins Homes will significantly help the chosen charities to continue their excellent hard work in our communities.”

      The vote opens on Monday 18th November and will run until 5pm Friday 6th December.

      For more information about Hopkins Homes please visit

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