If you’re planning to donate money to Sport Relief during Friday’s telethon, there’s a sporting chance your call might be answered in Swansea.
That’s because around 100 big-hearted BT and EE staff from around Swansea are turning their BT Tower offices near Swansea castle, into a Sport Relief pledge centre for the evening.
The colleagues, who work for different parts of the business, will be taking it in turns to answer calls after giving up their Friday evening.
Joining the many volunteers to support the good cause and help take some calls on the night will be former Swansea and Wales football great, Dean Saunders.
BT’s Ben Koscian, who is helping to co-ordinate activities at BT Tower, said: “We’ve supported a telethon once before, but it’s the first time we’ve ever done anything on this scale for Sport Relief.
“As we get closer to the big day, the excitement around the office is building. It’s great that so many employees have given up their own time to get involved, and we’ve also been busy doing our own fundraising.”
Elsewhere, BT Group volunteers will also be running Sport Relief pledge centres in Barlborough, Blackburn, Dundee, Sandwell and Sheffield.
As usual, BT teams at the company’s network centre in Shropshire will be working through the evening to ensure as many calls as possible get through when people ring the pledge line to make their donations.
BT has supported Comic Relief – the charity behind Sport Relief – since it began in 1988, helping it to raise more than £1.1 billion.
The company is once again supporting the BT Sport Relief Challenge, which this time has been tackled by Zoe Ball, who completed a gruelling five-day cycle ride. She follows in the footsteps of celebrities including Jo Brand, Davina McCall, John Bishop and David Walliams.