Hopkins Homes marks construction of 5,000 home by expanding charitable fund
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Charities across the region stand to benefit from an expansion of a builders' funding scheme.
Hopkins Homes is marking the sale of its 5,000th home by doubling the size and widening the geographic area of its Hopkins Charitable Fund, so that it will provide at least £500,000 for charities in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire over the next five years.
James Hopkins, executive chairman, 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.
'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.'
Hopkins' charitable fund is well established in Suffolk, and they also recently donated a £10,000 pot to three Cambridgeshire charities.
Mr Hopkins said: '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.
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'As a regional house builder 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.'
Graham Tuttle from Norfolk Community Foundation, praised the expansion of the scheme.
Mr Tuttle said: 'The company has a history of making significant donations to Norfolk based charities and supporting local events.
'Today's announcement means that we can help extend this support for charities and communities still further and help build the strong bonds and spirit which characterise so many of our towns and villages.'
Mr Hopkins founded Hopkins Homes with Trevor Harris in 1992, and he has since become the majority shareholder in the business, which builds hundreds of homes each year.
Grants from the fund will be made annually in Norfolk.
Charities and community groups seeking support should contact the Norfolk Community Foundation online www.norfolkfoundation.com or by calling 01603 623958.