New homes builder, Miller Homes East Midlands, has raised £1,676 for its nominated regional charity, Children First Derby, as part of its ‘Miller Miles Charity Challenge’.

The company-wide challenge involved employees across the entire Miller Homes workforce ‘Marching for March’, with a pedometer monitoring the number of steps they ran and walked throughout the month.

The housebuilder’s East Midlands team, based at Pride Park in Derby, walked almost 1,300 miles collectively, and Miller Homes matched each mile with a pound for pound donation. In addition, the team raised almost £400 through generous donations from friends and family.

The funds will go towards supporting the efforts of Children First Derby, an organisation that works with vulnerable children, young people and families in the local community.

Commenting on the charity challenge, Ben Massey, Regional Managing Director for Miller Homes East Midlands, said:

 The last year has been a challenge for all of us, not least our local charities which have had to put on hold crucial fundraising plans and events due to the ongoing pandemic. That’s why it was so important for us as a team to rally together and raise money for such a fantastic cause in our surrounding community.

 We’re always eager to support the local communities in which we build, and we’re so honoured to be working with Children First Derby. The charity means so much to various members of our team, and since 1974, they’ve worked hard to support hundreds of families, young people and children in their time of need. We’re proud to have given something back to an organisation doing so much good.

 Fred Jacques, Chair at Children First Derby, said:

 We are delighted that Miller Homes East Midlands has chosen to support Children First Derby as their charity partner. The last twelve months have proved challenging for the charity, due to the effects of Covid-19.

 We rely on funding from public donations and fundraising activities to fund two of our vital services. And with many of our planned fundraising events and activities cancelled, our fundraising capacity has been drastically reduced.

On behalf of everyone at Children First Derby, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who took part in the Marching for March challenge to raise funds for our charity. Your support is very much appreciated, especially during these challenging times.

The housebuilder will continue to support the charity with various fundraising challenges throughout the year, including one member of the team taking part in a gruelling Ironman event in July, where they aim to raise £1,000.

          

Pictured out walking, as part of the March for March Challenge is, Marketing Manager for Miller Homes Midlands, Katherine Coe, and CRM Manager, James Richards.