New foundations to a better life

Miller Homes Emma Bartle and David Kempster.
Miller Homes Emma Bartle and David Kempster.

A woman is looking forward to laying the foundations for a better future for families in Malawi.

Emma Bartle will be joined by her 16 Miller Homes colleagues, including David Kempster from Sunderland, to volunteer in the Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village Trip.

The 34-year-old, from Tynemouth, is a PA at the firm’s North Shields office and will be in Salima, Malawi, from September 18 to 25.

The trip will involve the Miller Homes team taking part in a homebuilding project to create new ‘Habitat Homes’ for orphans and vulnerable children.

Emma said: “I feel very lucky to have been chosen to represent the north east region in Miller Homes’ Global Village trip and support our fundraising efforts for Habitat for Humanity.

“I decided to volunteer as I am keen to help those who are in real need and experience first-hand how the money raised for this great cause is used to make a difference. I’m really looking forward to this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Habitat for Humanity is the housebuilder’s nominated charity for 2016. Over the course of the year Miller Homes has pledged to raise £100K for the charity’s Hope Builders Campaign – enough money to build over 30 ‘Habitat Homes’.

The trip is being funded entirely by Miller Homes, however each of the volunteers has pledged to raise a minimum of £1,000 as part of their contribution toward the £100K target.

Chris Endsor, chief executive of Miller Homes, said: “We are delighted to be taking part in Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village Trip as part of our support for the Hope Builders Campaign this year.

“Habitat for Humanity is a fantastic charity that makes a massive difference to those living in poverty housing and this trip will allow the volunteers from Miller Homes to meet and work with the families and communities that our fundraising efforts are going to benefit.

“I’m confident we have a fantastic team in place from across all of our regions and areas of our business, with well-rounded skills and experience.”

Volunteers will witness first-hand how a safe and secure home can benefit many aspects of life for those in need.

The families which will be helped by Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village Trips are selected based on their housing need and income.

They will partner with Miller Homes volunteers by participating in the construction of their own home, investing hours of their own labour through a process called ‘sweat equity’.

Fred Swinburne, production director for Miller Homes North West, who is leading the Miller Homes team in Malawi, said: “It is an honour to have been chosen to go on the Global Village Trip.

“Helping those living in substandard housing, unsafe or poor conditions will be life changing for both the families and volunteers.

“The Miller Homes team has a varied skillset and a great deal of experience which will be beneficial in this project and we are looking forward to working together to build a better future for the families we will support.”

Manuela Campbell, head of volunteering and supporter services at Habitat for Humanity GB, said: “Miller Homes understand the importance of a safe and affordable home and are a perfect partner for us.

“Building alongside families around the world is a great privilege and we are looking forward to working with the Miller Homes volunteer team to restore independence to families and communities in Salima.”