Homebuilder steps in to help 100 families this Christmas


Christmas sees an increase in demand for essential goods at the Durham & Sunderland County Food Bank warehouse, which provides support to families who need it most during the holiday season.

Miller turned five sales offices into drop-offs for food banks in December and collected everything from Christmas cookies, nuts and cakes to canned goods and toiletries, all donated by their staff and a generous audience.

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Left to Right: Donna Hart, Miller Homes Marketing Manager, Jonathan Conlon Food Bank Warehouse Coordinator, Margaret Eadsforth, MIller Sales Development Manager and Donna Brown, Miller Sales Manager.

Donations will help more than 100 families in County Durham and Sunderland, who would otherwise have struggled to find food and other essentials during the holidays.

The homebuilder’s relationship with the food bank was established when Miller’s sales team supported the charity on Christmas 2020, donating 86 packets of food and toiletries. The relationship developed from there.

According to a report published in November by the Childhood Trust, 250,000 British children will go hungry at Christmas. Almost a fifth of families across the country worry about not being able to afford Christmas dinner.

Debbie Whittingham, Regional Sales Manager at Miller Homes, said: “The past year has been a very difficult time for families in our area and there is still a long way to go for many of us.

“We are delighted to have doubled our 2020 donation to the food bank and hope everyone involved in the association has a fantastic Christmas.”

Food Bank Warehouse Coordinator Jonathan Conlan said, “We are fully relying on food and financial donations to continue operating our food bank network, which is why Miller Homes’ generous donation is greatly appreciated. .

“Christmas is a busy time for us and we expect the number of people with access to food banks this year to be particularly high due to a combination of factors; including cuts in universal credit, rising fuel costs and rising food prices.

“Donations like this ensure that there is not only enough to eat, but also a taste of Christmas.”

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