Your home should be a sanctuary.

It should be a space to retreat, refresh and recharge.

A place that is safe, secure and free from tyranny.

Especially if you are young, vulnerable, distressed or sick.

Unfortunately this is not always the case.

Cholmondeley Home (pronounced Chum-ley) offers Canterbury children short term and emergency respite care during times of stress or crisis at home.

Cholmondeley is a place full of acceptance, caring and hope; providing support for children when their parents cannot.

The children Cholmondeley care for are aged between three-years-old and twelve-years-old. They come from families with issues ranging from severe illness, substance abuse and addiction, even death of a parent.

When Mitre10 Mega Ferrymead chose Cholmondeley as recipients of a very ambitious project to build and auction a house for charity, Fusion Homes, and Metra Panel Construction were all on board too.

Andrew Savage, Director, Metra Panel Construction says while this project wasn’t instigated by us, it is in-line with our business values.

“We like to be involved with the communities that support us. We do good deals for Habitat for Humanity for instance because we like to give back. It’s about working with local people in need.”

Metra Panel donated approximately $15k worth of panels, walls and cladding for the 180sm, four-bedroom house.

But Andrew went one better than just supplying material.

He rolled up his sleeves, packed the Savage family and went to Christchurch to work alongside the Fusion Homes building team.

“I went with our two kids and Melissa to help. I’m not a tradesman, but I did building years ago.”

Metra Panels are supplied pre-cut to size and connect like a kit-set.

The home was built on site next to Mitre 10 Mega. Because it was ready to be transported it wasn’t tied down when the second earthquake hit.

During the quake the home was knocked off its supports.

Yet due to the remarkable strength of Metra Panels and a good Fusion design no damage was incurred by the home.

“Apart from Metra Panels being really strong, you get a superior finish too - a really nice finish inside ideal for modern designer homes or child care facilities. The joint venture opportunity was a really nice gift” says Andrew.

The profit made from the auction paid for a new kitchen at Cholmondeley. The new child friendly food space allows children to be involved in cooking there own meals – sometimes.

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