Building Bridges The water company recently announced it will be offering four annual regional grants to charities across Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Kent. The money funds a specific project that can be completed within a year.

The regional charities were chosen by Southern Water employees, who will also be working with the charities to provide additional fundraising and volunteering.

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The chosen charity for the Hampshire area is The Honeypot Children’s Charity for young carers and Southern Water will be refurbishing a lake and bridge.

Laura Coleman, Regional Fundraising Manager for the charity, said:

“Honeypot is thrilled to have been chosen by Southern Water as their charity partner for Hampshire.

“Working together, we will undertake the replacement of the dilapidated bridge and the refurbishment of the lake, ensuring that the children coming to Honeypot House for many years to come will have an enhanced experience. We feel very excited to have this wonderful opportunity and look forward to a successful and fruitful one-year partnership.”

Since 1996 Honeypot has been working to enhance the lives of young carers and vulnerable children aged 5-12 years by providing respite breaks and on-going outreach support.

The charity gives young carers a break from demanding and stressful responsibilities at home and provides a safe, nurturing environment at Honeypot House in the New Forest.

Honeypot House has seven acres of grounds where children can take part in a range of activities including swimming, playing in an adventure playground, riding bikes and visiting pets corner. Once the bridge to the lake, and the lake itself, are refurbished – it will be used for a variety of water-based activities.

Southern Water’s head of communication Corinna Allen said:

“We are so thrilled to be working alongside Honeypot to help fund this fantastic project.

“As part of this partnership our staff will have plenty of opportunity to volunteer and fundraise with Honeypot and we are all committed to helping raise as much money and awareness as possible of this wonderful charity.”

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