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2017
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BT staff get red-y for double dose of Comic Relief capers at two of its Shropshire offices

Summary
Staff at two BT offices in Shropshire are getting red-y to do their bit for Comic Relief on March 24. For only the second time ever, BT staff in Shrewsbury will be manning the phones on Comic Relief night, while, across the county at BT’s communications hub on the outskirts of Oswestry, BT’s team of technical experts will once again be overseeing the running of the UK’s phone network.

Staff at two BT offices in Shropshire are getting red-y to do their bit for Comic Relief on March 24.

For only the second time ever, BT staff in Shrewsbury will be manning the phones on Comic Relief night, when part of the telephone exchange in Town Walls will be transformed into a pledge centre for the evening.

Meanwhile, across the county at BT’s communications hub on the outskirts of Oswestry, BT’s team of technical experts will once again be overseeing the running of the UK’s phone network.

Although the BT teams will be doing different jobs, both will share the same aim of helping to ensure as many people as possible get through on the phone to donate to Comic Relief.

Around 80 staff have volunteered to man the phones in Shrewsbury.

The Oswestry team will be working throughout the evening to ensure as many people as possible wanting to donate money to the charity get through to make their cash pledges, without causing any bottlenecks elsewhere on the UK’s communications network for other phone users making calls unrelated to Comic Relief.

Sally Mitchell, BT’s Comic Relief co-ordinator in Shrewsbury, said: “It’s extremely exciting to be involved in Comic Relief again.

“Preparations are already underway to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible. It’s extremely hard work but very rewarding for everyone involved.”

As well as manning the phones and keeping the UK’s communications network running smoothly, BT staff in Shropshire are also organising a raffle and other fund-raising events and games in the run-up to Comic Relief day and throughout the evening.

The Shrewsbury site is one of eight BT offices being transformed into a pledge centre this time, along with centres in Enniskillen, Dundee, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Newcastle and Warrington.

BT has supported Comic Relief since it began in 1985 by providing technology free of charge and staff volunteers. The company has helped the charity to raise more than £1.1 billion, helping 12.2 million people in need across the UK and 56.5 million in some of the world’s poorest communities.

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