Since Southern Water became the official charity partner of the Honeypot Children’s Charity last year, their goal had been to replace the old bridge at Honeypot House. This would allow the young carers and vulnerable kids who visit for holiday breaks in the New Forest to play across the whole grounds, and go kayaking and boating on the lake again. A summer later, and Honeypot were proud to open the brand-new bridge this August.
Every year, over 600 children from disadvantaged backgrounds – young carers, vulnerable kids – come to Honeypot House in the New Forest for a much-needed holiday break. Many are local to Hampshire, but they come from all over the South of England. Honeypot House is well-stocked with everything they might need to enjoy themselves, an arts and crafts room, football goalposts, basketball, bikes and go-karts, all of which are situated in seven acres of beautiful countryside.
However, with the old bridge on the grounds found to be in need of replacing last year and closed off, two acres were unable to be used by the visiting children, and on-the-water activities like kayaking and boating were made impossible.
Fortunately, Southern Water employees chose to support the Honeypot Children’s Charity as their Regional Charity for Hampshire. Southern Water donated £10,000 to go towards the cost of building a new bridge, and even better, had staff come along, volunteering their time to demolish the old bridge themselves.
On August 24th, the new bridge was opened by Southern Water visiting much to the adoration of the Honeypot team, the children on holiday, and Bumble, the Honeypot mascot.
Honeypot would like to thank Southern Water for their incredible support, and to BSA Regal for the construction of the new bridge!