BT volunteers at Lincoln call centre support BBC Children in Need
Staff at BT’s call centre on Ropewalk, Lincoln, volunteering to take calls for BBC Children in Need on Friday 13th November, helped process more than £53,000 in public donations.
More than 130 volunteers took thousands of donations during the seven-hour telephone frenzy.
Those working at the Lincoln call centre also raised more than £2,600 themselves through various fundraising activities, including a bucking bronco, face painting and a photo booth.
The volunteers handled 1,868 calls from viewers during Friday night’s BBC Children in Need Appeal Show, marking 35 years of support from BT since the first Appeal Show in 1980.
Jessica Bresnihan, who organised the BBC Children in Need event at BT’s Lincoln call centre, said: “Everyone who took part really enjoyed the evening and we’re delighted that a substantial amount of money has been raised for BBC Children in Need. The night takes a lot of organising and I’m really grateful to everyone who helped out and to those businesses that donated raffle prizes.”
Calls were also taken at BT contact at BT Tower in London, Glasgow, Newcastle and Warrington.
More than £37,100,687 had been raised for BBC Children in Need 2015 by 2am on Saturday - and millions more is expected to pour in over the coming weeks as people send through all the monies raised at fundraising events across the UK.
As well as BT providing the complex network, which routes calls from people offering donations to participating call centres, hundreds of volunteers from the company get involved in fund raising and man the phones to take donation calls.
It’s still not too late to donate - the BBC Children in Need lines are still open on 0345 733 2233.