Laying foundations to raising funds

Sales adviser Brenda Frayne and site manager John Harrison at Miller Homes.
Sales adviser Brenda Frayne and site manager John Harrison at Miller Homes.
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A leading housebuilder is continuing its support for a charity through a Northumberland development.

Miller Homes has started building a Habitat Charity House, as part of the company’s commitment to raise £100,000 for international development charity Habitat for Humanity.

The cost of time in labour in building the four-bedroom Esk house type on Portland Wynd in Blyth will be added to the company’s fundraising efforts.

It is set for completion in October, with its build overseen by the development’s award-winning site manager John Harrison.

The £100,000 target will lay the foundations for the build of more than 30 new Habitat Homes in poverty-stricken countries.

Patrick Arkle, operations director at Miller Homes North East, said: “Miller Homes’ pledge to raise £100,000 for Habitat for Humanity throughout 2016 is very important to us as a business and I am delighted that the north east has been chosen as the region to build this special home.

“The buyers of plot 79 at Portland Wynd will get a great Miller home as well as helping to support Habitat for Humanity.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of our contractors who are supplying their time in labour, as well as providing some materials, free of charge, and would like to thank them for their support, which will hugely impact the region’s contribution to the company’s overall fundraising efforts for the charity.”

“There is a lot of activity going on across the company to help raise funds and it is no different here in the north east.

“We’re hosting staff events such as a quiz night, a BBQ and a golf day, as well as working with local schools, hosting a charity ball and staff members running the Great North Run in September.

“It’s great to see the whole team coming together to support our fundraising efforts for this very worthy cause and if members of the community are able to donate to help us to raise as much money as possible, we would be so grateful.”

Also helping to contribute to the £100,000 pledge, two representatives from Miller Homes North East will be joining 14 colleagues from Miller Homes across the UK on Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village Trip to Malawi from September 18 to 25.

Miller Homes PA Emma Bartle, 34, from Tynemouth, and site manager at Park View in Gateshead David Kempster, 43, from Sunderland, will help to create new Habitat Homes for orphans and vulnerable children,.

To support Miller Homes North East’s fundraising efforts for Habitat for Humanity donate at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/malawimillerhomesNE