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March
2018
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15:33
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Big-hearted BT staff lining up to take your Sport Relief calls in the West Midlands

Summary
BT staff in the West Midlands - and around the UK - are once again gearing up to do their bit for Sport Relief. Staff at the company's offices in West Bromwich are transforming the call centre into a pledge centre for the night, with colleagues doing the same in Barlborough, Blackburn, Dundee, Sheffield and Swansea. BT's technical teams in Shropshire will ensure callers get through to donate.

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 West Bromwich.

That’s because around 100 big-hearted BT and EE staff from around the West Midlands are turning their offices in Providence Place, Sandwell, 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.

Many of the volunteers are based in West Bromwich, as well as Birmingham, Walsall and Coventry, with some travelling from as far afield as Leicester, Cardiff and London to support the good cause.

BT’s Tom Hannibal, who is helping to co-ordinate activities at the call centre, 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, Sheffield and Swansea.

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, which took in parts of the West Midlands. She follows in the footsteps of celebrities including Jo Brand, Davina McCall, John Bishop and David Walliams.

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