Hopkins Homes Funds Extension for Women’s Refuge
The Bury St Edmunds Women’s Aid Centre, known as The Refuge, recently unveiled a new conservatory extension made possible by a £10,000 donation from award-winning East Anglian housebuilder Hopkins Homes.
Completed just before Christmas, in time for residents to enjoy a festive meal with staff, the conservatory has increased the dining area to give space for three families to sit down together. The donation comes after the charity was chosen to receive a grant from the Building Communities Fund – a £250,000 endowment fund designed to support good causes throughout Suffolk – established by Hopkins Homes in 2016.
Speaking of the donation Annie Munson, CEO of The Refuge in Bury said: “We’re so grateful to Hopkins Homes for their substantial donation towards the cost of our new conservatory.
“Mealtimes can be a major flash point in the abusive households that these women and children have been part of. It’s therefore extremely important to us to provide space for families to enjoy a peaceful and relaxed meal together. This will help them to renew family bonds, forge friendships and regain their confidence.”
James Hopkins, Executive Chairman of Hopkins Homes said: “We are delighted to be able to make a substantial difference to the women and families resident at the Bury St Edmunds Women’s Aid Centre.
“When we set up the Building Communities Fund last year our aim was to support charities and good causes in our region to do just that – build communities. The Refuge provides a safe haven for women and children from domestic abuse and their work is invaluable in helping them start afresh.”
The additional funding for the conservatory, which was supplied and erected by Waveney Windows, came from a donation from the Abbey Rotary Club and fundraising by Cllr Sarah Stamp of St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Cllr Patrick Chung former Mayor of St Edmundsbury who chose The Refuge as one of his Mayoral charities during his year in office.
Annie Munson continued, “The support of local charities and fundraisers allowed us to reach our target far quicker than we had expected. We are extremely grateful for their tireless efforts and are delighted that they can now see what a difference their support has made to the lives of our residents.”
The Hopkins Homes Building Communities Fund handed out more than £25,000 worth of grants last year with applications for new grants expected to open early in 2017.