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Miller Groundbreaking Donates Resources to North East Animal Shelter


Mar 8, 2023
Group ImageFrom left to right Rachael Kendall, Matthew Davison, Charlene Bradwell, Anjuli Hakin, Paul Grant, Ricky Martin.

One of the largest manufacturers in Northumberland – Miller UK – has dedicated its earthmoving equipment and resources to support a charity that specialises in reuniting lost animals with their owners and finding loving homes for those no longer wanted.

Based in Cramlington, Miller has nominated the Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter as its chosen charity for 2023. And the company’s first donation to the charity has seen the groundbreaking attachment specialist use its muck shifting equipment to clear the charity’s recreational field and create a pool for the pigs currently located at the Longbenton facility.

Spanning across 12 acres, the timely donation of clearing the field as the weather begins to change, has significantly improved the environment for the animals, ensuring they continueto live in safe and secure conditions with the freedom they need.

Two members of staff from the Miller team dedicated almost two days to carrying out site improvements with the generous donation of a dump truck from Cramlington based Hubbway Plant Hire to support with operations.

Speaking about Miller’s charitable work, Anjuli Hakin, Head of Animal Welfare said: “The removal of the muck heap and digging of the piggy pool is a job that usually falls to our animal care team or corporate volunteers, it’s a heavy job and can take days to make the slightest dent in the muck heap. As such, we had been looking into options to speed up the process, however the cost implications were too high for the charity.

“When Miller offered to dedicate its staffing and resources to help, we were absolutely delighted as it really does make such a big difference. Our animals have already benefited from the improvements made and we would like to thank the company for their continued support over the next year as their chosen charity.”

The local manufacturing business is recognised as a global leader in supplying the safest, most advanced groundbreaking attachments to major OEM’s around the globe. As part of its efforts to raise money, Miller will be launching a series of fundraising activities for all its team to participate in, including a sponsored dog walk and selling merchandise with proceeds being donated to the charity to name a few activities.

Ricky Martin, Field Service Engineer at Miller said: “It was a pleasure to be able to contribute our services to the Dog and Cat Shelter utilising our resources that we had to hand alongside our expertise – and with the help of Hubbway – to be able to transform the field into a suitable environment for the animals.

“We would like to thank Hubbway for their support and we are looking forward to working closely with the charity over the next year to do our bit and give back to the community.”

Like many other businesses and charities, the Dog and Cat Shelter has been significantly impacted by the cost-of-living crisis and the rise in energy costs. As such, the charity is seeking donations for its Warm Paws Appeal aiming to raise money to cover energy bills that are going to rise substantially over the winter months.  The shelter needs to continue to keep the animals in a warm environment and the increased costs are a big concern.

Established in 1978. Miller Groundbreaking is a privately owned international company supplying its trusted products to a wide range of leading earthmoving manufacturers, as well as an established independent global distributor network and end users worldwide. The company prides itself on constantly pushing technology boundaries to ensure its earthmoving attachments are at the very forefront of safety standards and efficiency.