Our History

About Us

The James Hopkins Trust is a registered charity, established in 1989. We provide respite care for babies and children up to the age of 6 who have a life limiting or life-threatening condition while supporting their families.

Our journey began with a single vision – to make a positive impact on the lives of children who face severe health challenges. Over the years, we have grown and evolved, but our commitment to the children and families we serve remains unwavering.

Our free nursing led respite can be received in the family home or at our purpose built multi-sensory respite centre and gardens ‘Kites Corner’ – Home of James Hopkins Trust.

At Kites Corner we offer a variety of activities, plus access to a large well equipped playroom, sensory room, soft play, and garden. We are here to create very special, lasting magic memories at Kites Corner, which is filled with love and laughter.

We currently support over 100 children from across Gloucestershire. Since James Hopkins Trust first started in 1989 we have helped well over 700 children and their families. For over 30 years we have been dedicated to providing unwavering support to babies and young children with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions, and their families, make the most of every moment.


Vance & Heather Hopkins created James Hopkins Trust in memory of their son James who passed away on May 29th. Our first fundraising event was held in September, a Jumble Sale which raised £300. This money was used to provide respite care at home for the 1st child we ever supported.


We provided an average of 35 hours Nursing Respite Care per month. We held our 1st ever Auction!


We celebrated our 5th anniversary and received our 1st donation from Severn Sound.


We raised a milestone of £500,000.00. The Trust moved into a small wing at Jordans Brook House and we purchased and installed our 1st Multi-Sensory room with a grant from Barnwood House Charity.


James Hopkins Trust turned 10!


The Trust purchased land to build our own purpose built respite centre.


Work started on building Kites Corner! We held our 1st Golf Day and a partnership with Zurich Financial Services was formed.


James Hopkins Trust moved into Kites Corner! Vance & Heather won Central South Personality of the Year!


Our Sensory & Memorial Garden was opened at Kites Corner and we celebrate 15 years.


A new conservatory extension on Kites Corner was completed and opened providing a much needed space for the children to dine in and use for baking activities


We launched a campaign to raise £500,000 to build a bedroom extension wing on Kites Corner to be able to offer 24hour overnight respite.


Our 25th year anniversary. ’Spade in the Ground’ launched the build of our accommodation wing.


Founder Vance retired. ’Poddy’s Wing’ our bedroom extension opened for overnight stays.


James Hopkins Trust celebrated 30 years! A new Sensory Room design was commissioned thanks to an unexpected legacy.


An incredible 8298 hours of respite provided over the year

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