Staff at a house building have been helping build links around the world.
A fundraising effort by Miller Homes has seen the company double its target for global development charity Habitat for Humanity.
The leading housebuilder has raised more than £228,000, surpassing an initial target of £100,000, for the charity’s GB Hope Builders Campaign.
Employees were challenged to raise money for the charity throughout 2016, which was smashed in September – four months ahead of schedule.
The total raised is enough to build more than 75 ‘Habitat Homes’ for orphans and vulnerable children.
The company’s North East region raised over £34,000 of the overall total.
Chris Endsor, chief executive of Miller Homes, said: “I have been completely overwhelmed by the efforts of our team in support of the Hope Builders Campaign.
“When we set the initial target of £100,000 I thought we had a challenge on our hands but the way our employees have got behind the campaign and raised much more than we ever could have expected is fantastic.
“They have worked tremendously hard organising fundraising events, everything from bake sales and bikeathons to fun runs and tough runs, with some pigeon racing thrown in for good measure!
“We also donated the cost of time in labour from one of our properties in the North East towards our fundraising total.”
Habitat for Humanity’s focus is on shelter and recognises that home is the cornerstone of hope for those living in poverty.
Working with established partners in more than 70 countries across the world, the charity offers simple, sustainable solutions to help lift some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world out of poverty housing.
The average ‘Habitat Home’ costs around £3,000 to build.
Chris added: “As one of the UK’s leading housebuilders we recognise the importance for all families, no matter where they are in the world, of having a safe, secure place to call home and to build a future.
“This is a basic human right and by supporting this campaign we have had a fantastic opportunity to use our experience, resources, enthusiasm and determination to make a real difference to some of those who need it most.”
Last September, the team including Chris and two employees from the North East, travelled to Malawi on a Global Village Trip to build homes for families supported by Habitat for Humanity’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s programme.
The team’s aim was to build three ‘Habitat Homes’, however due to their hard work and determination they actually built four.
Meryl Davies, CEO of Habitat for Humanity GB, said: “Our partnership with Miller Homes has been an astounding success.
“Witnessing the enthusiasm with which employees across the company have taken our cause to their hearts has been inspiring, and strong relationships have been built across our two organisations as a result.”
For more information about Miller Homes, visit www.millerhomes.co.uk
Further information about Habitat for Humanity can be found at habitatforhumanity.org.uk