Unicom, the Manchester based B2B telecoms company, has helped this year’s Comic Relief charity telethon raise a record £75m so far.
Unicom, who were appointed as an official call centre for this year’s Red Nose Day for Comic Relief, took over £48,826 in donations on the night over the telephone. In addition, Unicom staff raised a total of £1,534 through a variety of fundraising activities with the company pledging to match every pound raised.
Around 100 staff from across the business, including senior management, technicians and customer service staff gave up their personal time to take thousands of donation calls. The phone lines went live on Friday night (15 March) at 6.00pm and the team took donations until midnight.
Many local business offered support to the staff volunteers to keep them going on the night including Just Eat donating £200 of takeaway vouchers, Tesco Express Northenden branch donating a £20 voucher for food, and Pizza Co. providing pizzas.
In addition, a host of other local business donated a variety of prizes to help with the fundraising activities that took place all week including a £100 Piccolino’s voucher, a £30 TGI Friday’s
voucher, a meal for 2 at the Britannia Country House Hotel, and many others. Even the CEO of the company got involved on the night taking part in a live ‘Bush Tucker Trial’ and eating a range of foreign delicacies.
Chris Earle, CEO of Unicom said, “I am delighted that Unicom has been able to help raise a tremendous amount of money for Red Nose Day 2013. I want to thank every one of my staff members for their fantastic achievement in raising vital funds for Comic Relief.”
As one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Red Nose Day brings the entire nation together to Do Something Funny For Money. The money raised by the public helps people living unimaginably tough lives, both at home in the UK and Africa. For further information visit www.rednoseday.com.