Hopkins Homes staff swap hard hats
for gardening gloves

Volunteers from Hopkins Homes, including Josh Hopkins of the Hopkins Charitable Fund (front row, right hand side) and Managing Director Michael Cox (back row, centre right) with representatives from ACT, including Rob Fawcett (far left), and Andrea Pittock from the Suffolk Community Foundation (2nd from left)

Volunteers from Hopkins Homes, including Josh Hopkins of the Hopkins Charitable Fund (front row, right hand side) and Managing Director Michael Cox (back row, centre right) with representatives from ACT, including Rob Fawcett (far left), and Andrea Pittock from the Suffolk Community Foundation (2nd from left)

Staff at Hopkins Homes relish a challenge and, on Tuesday 19th March, used their skills for a spot of gardening when they volunteered to help Access Community Trust (ACT) clear the garden at its new premises in Saxmundham.

Ten staff from the award-winning housebuilder undertook several tasks at what will become ACT’s new Community Engagement Hub and café; including clearing brambles and roots, pruning shrubs and overgrown trees and a great deal of weeding!

Joshua Hopkins, of the Hopkins Homes Charitable Fund, said: “At Hopkins Homes we are committed to supporting our local communities, that is why we like to offer hands-on help to charities in addition to our regular financial donations.

“It was a pleasure to lend a helping hand, we really enjoyed getting stuck in and offering some practical support to such a fantastic new facility for Saxmundham. The new Community Engagement Hub and café will allow ACT to achieve their goals of providing more activities and continuing their work with young people in the community.”

Rob Fawcett from Access Community Trust said: “We’re so grateful for Hopkins Homes’ help getting our new garden cleared and ready to be developed into a usable outdoor space which will complement and enhance the redevelopment of the community hub and café.

“We have only just completed the first phase of the building work, so we still have some way to go before we can open. The volunteers made a huge difference to the garden though, helping us get that phase of the project off to a flying start.”

The day was organised by Suffolk Community Foundation which administers the Hopkins Charitable Fund in the county. Stephen Singleton, CEO of Suffolk Community Foundation said: “We’ve worked with Hopkins Homes for many years and know how passionate they are about strengthening the communities and supporting the local groups that work so hard to achieve this.

“This volunteer day has not only benefited Access Community Trust, but Hopkins Homes staff had a rewarding day working alongside their colleagues outside their usual working environment”.

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