Jeremy Middleton

North East Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Jeremy Middleton has committed to make a third significant donation, in partnership with World Vision, to help development in the deprived Kenyan town of Sangailu.

Jeremy, who recently returned from an expedition to scale Aconcagua, the tallest mountain outside of the Himalayas, will donate £150,000 to development projects in Sangailu, on the Kenyan-Somali border, for the third time. In total, this donation, the two previous ones, and an additional £50,000 he raised, will bring Mr Middleton’s contribution to the Kenyan town to over £500,000.

The largest project supported by Jeremy’s donations is the building of water infrastructure. The provision of clean drinking water, and water for growing crops, is vital to the development of Sangailu, where a community of almost 9,000 people live a life with little contact from the outside world.

Jeremy said: “The most important thing about the work we’re doing in Sangailu is sustainable, this isn’t a hand out, we’re building infrastructure that will give this community a chance to thrive.

“World vision delivers essential support to people in Kenya and throughout the world. Unlike most aid projects, where you sponsor individuals, in Sangailu, we’re sponsoring the whole community.”

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Notes to Editors:

Middleton Enterprises Ltd is a private investment company that has made a substantial contribution to the North East’s economy by investing in and providing business advice to entrepreneurial businesses.

During recent years, it has supported a number of North East businesses, generally from start-up, usually taking a minority stake and offering strategic advice to support growth.

Jeremy Middleton

Mr Middleton is a high-profile entrepreneur and philanthropist based in Newcastle. He started his career as a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble before working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a Marketing Consultant. He co-founded HomeServe, now a FTSE 250 company which operates in the UK, the USA, France, Spain and Italy, and remains a shareholder with a seat on the Executive Committee. He is a director at North East based energy and water consultancy company Utilitywise PLC.

Mr Middleton and his family are active supporters of Maggie’s Centre and World Vision, an international charity which works to improve the lives of people in developing countries.

Mr Middleton has carried out a range of sponsored fundraising for a variety of charities which to date include the North Pole, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mont Blanc, The Haute Route, Mount McKinley, Mount Elbrus and a cycle ride from London to Paris.

Mr Middleton has been a Board Member of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) since 2011 and is Chairman of the North East LEP Investment Fund, which makes recommendations to the LEP Board for the £25m Growing Places Fund and the £30m Infrastructure Fund.

In 2012 Jeremy was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for Services to Politics and Charities.

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