National housebuilder Bellway has reached an impressive milestone in its fundraising work for a leading cancer charity – hitting a total of £1 million.

Bellway began fundraising for Cancer Research UK in 2016.

The £1 million was raised by the housebuilder’s employees and suppliers banding together to organise bake sales, sponsored walks, charity balls and a record number of golf days nationwide.

Bellway’s Durham division, based in Darlington, played a crucial part in the fundraising efforts.

Lisa Jones, Charity Coordinator of Bellway Durham Division, said: “We would like to thank everyone at Durham who have generously supported the fundraising efforts over the past two and a half years.

“Cancer Research is a cause close to our hearts and we are immensely proud to have been a part of reaching this amazing £1 million milestone.

“I would like to thank the people in the North East for their generosity.”

She added: “We are looking forward to supporting the charity for a third year in a row, and we hope we can continue to raise even more money for this amazing cause.”

Money raised by Bellway will fund research to beat cancer sooner, helping to ensure more men, women and children in the region and across the UK survive.

Janet Leafe, Cancer Research UK’s Local Fundraising Manager for the North East, said: “The Bellway Durham division has made a huge contribution to Cancer Research UK’s work over the past two and a half years and we are incredibly grateful for their support.

“One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before.

“Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.”

She added: “Thank you, Bellway, for your commitment to Cancer Research UK and our work towards preventing cancer, diagnosing it earlier, developing new treatments and optimising current treatments.

“We can’t do what we do without corporate partners and supporters such as Bellway.

“It is only together, that we will beat cancer.”