Date: Wednesday 19 February 2014
Children in Malawi will soon benefit from a new primary school thanks to a massive fundraising appeal supported by Taylor Wimpey East Midlands.
We have pledged £1,000 towards the charity appeal, which is aiming to raise £25,000 for the project.
Nottinghamshire building firm P Hughes Construction, which carries out subcontract work for us, is organising the fundraising and will send 14 members of their own staff to the south-east African country in May to carry out the work.
The team of builders will be giving up their own time to spend 10 days in Malawi constructing the new school in the Area 49 Lilongwe neighbourhood, working in temperatures of up to 30C.
Gemma Courtney, whose father Philip Hughes is the company director, says: “We really appreciate the financial and moral support we have received and we cannot thank Taylor Wimpey enough for their kind donation. Everyone has been behind us, from our customers to our family and friends who have really become engaged with this charity project.
“What this money will help us to create is a school that will stand on its own for years to come. Our fundraising will not only cover the building costs, but also pay for the teachers and the supplies to keep the school going for the first three years.”
Dominic Harman, Regional Managing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “We have an excellent working relationship with P Hughes Construction and we’re delighted to be able to lend our support to this fantastic cause by making a donation to the fund.
“What they are trying to achieve in Malawi will make a huge difference to local children and give them the education and skills they need to go on to make better lives for themselves in the future. We are very pleased to lend the company our support and wish them the very best of luck with their fundraising efforts.”