New Forest Charity receives much needed funding from Barker-Mill Foundation

HOPe (Helping Older People) has received a welcomed boost of £500 from the Barker-Mill Foundation (BMF) to assist with core funding that the charity shop sales from their base in New Milton are unable to cover.

HOPe is dedicated to supporting older people in the community, particularly those who are isolated or vulnerable. The main aim of the charity is to improve the quality of life for thousands of older people in the local area, helping them to retain their independence safely and with dignity and to get the most out of life.

Tim Jobling, Barker-Mill Foundation Trustee said: “We aim to support as many local charities as possible and with HOPe relying mostly on community donations and support we were keen  to donate.

“Theysupport so many vulnerable, older people in the local area and it’s important to us, as a community, to ensure this charity can continue doing the great work they do.”

HOPe offers older people in the local area a free drop-in service whereby those worried with issues such as money, care or relationships can pop in for a confidential chat with trained advisers.

Margaret Clarke, Treasurer at HOPe said: “We’re very grateful for the donation from BMF – we rely on help from the local community, it’s how we survive. We want to continue giving a great service to all those who need us.

“There is increasing awareness of our activities over a wide area of the south west of the New Forest and many of our referrals come from other organisations. We like to work in collaboration with other organisations to ensure we help as many people as possible, and with donations like this from BMF we can continue to do so.”

HOPe’s income is used entirely in the local community. Please help their work with your donations. Cheques can be made payable to: Helping Older People New Forest and the charity operate a Gift Aid scheme.