Barratt Developments North East, which includes both Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes brands, has been working closely with Changing Lives charity to help provide support for those who need it most.

In just six weeks, the housebuilder collected hundreds of donated items, making it the most charitable donations that the charity has received across the whole of 2022, and also raised over £5,000 for the charity, all thanks to the generosity of the Barratt Developments’ employees, the local residents, contractors and suppliers all across the region.

The £5,300 raised has been match-funded by the charity to make a total of £10,600. The housebuilder also took time to personally drop off all of the generous donations at Changing Lives’ Head Office, so that they can be put to good use.

Changing Lives is a national charity registered to provide specialist support to 14,000 people in the North East each year, helping them to make meaningful and lasting improvements to their lives. This includes offering support to those who are experiencing homelessness, people who are living with addictions, facing domestic abuse, and those struggling with unemployment.

Having supported Changing Lives in 2019, the housebuilder has succeeded in improving upon the previous amount raised as a result of the matched donation, during what has been a challenging year for many. As part of the initiative, donation stations were set up at every Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes development within the North East region to welcome donations. Alongside this, the housebuilder also requested for its business partners and suppliers to make a donation to the charity instead of a Christmas gift last month. Employees, local residents, contractors and suppliers were encouraged to donate gifts such as warm clothes, sleepwear, gift sets and food items, and monetary donations were also given. Barratt employees also donated a generous amount of books for adults and children alike to enjoy.

Carl Sobolewski, Managing Director at Barratt Developments North East, commented: “We’re delighted to have supported Changing Lives once again. The fact that we’ve been able to use our sales offices across the region as donation stations is a contributing factor for the impressive amount of generous donations from our residents and the wider community, and we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to support this initiative. We hope that the amount raised and goods donated will truly make a difference to the charity.”

Alice Fisher, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Changing Lives, commented: “We’re overjoyed with the generosity of Barratt Developments and everyone who has donated to Barratt’s donation stations for another year, marking the largest donations that we’ve received over the past year! Generosity is vital in ensuring that we can continue to help those in need, and all of the support is hugely appreciated.”