Cirencester Friendly’s 125 Foundation supports local charity James Hopkins Trust

Cirencester Friendly’s 125 Foundation Committee are pleased to announce its recent Community Award to James Hopkins Trust, a local based charity in Gloucestershire. Selected by Cirencester Friendly’s staff as their Charity of the Year for 2020, there were many planned fundraising activities including Bake Sales, Quizzes and Sports challenges.  Sadly, the pandemic placed these on hold as staff worked from home, so the 125 Foundation stepped in to support.

Set up in 2015, The 125 Foundation commemorates the Society’s 125th Anniversary and provides financial support to good causes, Members and their communities.

James Hopkins Trust was established in 1989, providing care for babies and children up to the age of 5 who have a life limiting or life-threatening condition while supporting their families. They currently support over 100 children in Gloucestershire.

Since 1989 James Hopkins Trust has helped well over 600 children and their families in every corner of Gloucestershire, their free nursing respite can be night or day in the family home or at Kites Corner, their purpose built multi-sensory respite centre and gardens.

You can find out more about James Hopkins Trust here.

Ria Heap, Community, Events & Volunteer Manager at James Hopkins Trust said: "Thank you to Cirencester Friendly’s 125 Foundation for their incredibly generous donation to the James Hopkins Trust. This gift came as a ray of light to us during a very uncertain time amidst the global covid-19 pandemic. There is no doubt that this vast charitable contribution has made a huge difference to us as it funds nursing respite care for a child every week for twelve months.  

Our heartfelt thanks go to Cirencester Friendly staff for choosing us at their Charity of the Year."

David Macgregor, Commercial Director at Cirencester Friendly said: "We are delighted to support such a wonderful organisation. The Society’s Charity Committee and enthusiastic staff had exciting plans for fundraising events this year, but unfortunately due to the pandemic and working from home we have been unable to fulfil them.  We hope our donation can help to provide the much-needed support to the children and their families during such difficult times, and we look forward to supporting however we can in the coming months."

Are you are involved in volunteering or community work? Please let the 125 Foundation Committee know, we may be able to help! Find out more about the 125 Foundation here.