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Miller Homes visits Newbottle Primary Academy

Upon return from their Global Village trip to Malawi, Miller Homes are more motivated than ever to end poverty housing across the world.

Seventeen Miller Homes employees from across the UK, including CEO Chris Endsor, have recently returned from working with local staff and beneficiaries to build four homes for four families in desperate need in Salima, Malawi.

On the 11th of October, Miller Homes and Habitat for Humanity opened “Hope Shelter”, a safe space for children at Newbottle Primary School in Sunderland. Their aim was to spread the message that despite being worlds apart from Malawi, the need for a safe haven ties us all together. Emma and David from Miller Homes, along with Lilian from Habitat for Humanity, hosted an assembly to tell the pupils all about the charity and Miller’s incredible work on their Global Village trip.

Miller Homes pledged to raise £100k for Habitat for Humanity in 2016, and despite exceeding their target with three months to go, have called on Newbottle Primary School to support them in their fundraising efforts to raise as much money as possible to tackle poverty housing.

Patrick Arkle, operations director at Miller Homes North East, said: “As part of our efforts here in the North East we were keen to work with Newbottle Primary Academy to get pupils on board and help them understand how different life can be for children living in other parts of the world, many of whom don’t have a safe, secure and happy place to call home.

“We hope that the children will enjoy the benefits of their new Hope Shelter, which will provide a safe haven for them should they need it, and we are so grateful for the school’s fundraising support.”

Meryl Davies, CEO of Habitat for Humanity, said: “Throughout the year we’ve been overwhelmed by the effort and enthusiasm which we’ve seen from the Miller Homes team and are thrilled to have officially opened the latest venture in their fundraising journey, the Hope Shelter at Newbottle Primary Academy.”

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