Lymington-based Hammersley Homes was awarded £15,250 in 2022 as part of the Charles Burnett Memorial Fund to expand its provision of community outreach support in the New Forest for 18 adults who are suffering from enduring mental ill-health including support for family members. 

Louise Hallett, Founder and Chair of Trustees for Hammersley Homes said: “This grant means so much to Hammersley Homes and to the vulnerable people we support, and we are enormously grateful.  There is more demand for our outreach programme than we have been able to service, and waiting lists have been growing – this grant means we’ll be able to support more people.” 

The Charles Burnett Memorial Fund was established by the family of the late Charles Burnett, a resident of Lymington, to assist charitable projects and resources across the area where he lived. In his lifetime, Charles supported many worthwhile causes and this new £1 million fund will continue his great charitable legacy, meeting the needs of future generations in our communities and providing a lasting memorial in Charles’s name.  

Louise continued: “The people we support are vulnerable adults who live with enduring mental health challenges and illnesses, and struggle with independent living. It’s wonderful that this grant will enable us to expand our Outreach Service to wider parts of Hampshire, and provide support to more vulnerable adults who live with long term mental illnesses and challenges.” 

Recent feedback from a parent stated: 

“I am so pleased that Hammersley Homes Outreach Support is providing my son with some much needed company and social contact. Over the past couple of years he has become almost completely isolated relying entirely on support from me which is not easy now that I am getting older. He is not the easiest of people to deal with but I am hopeful that the Volunteers will continue to support him and hope that he will gradually feel able to do more with them. He looks forward to their visits and phone calls and it gives me a short but welcome break.”