BT Volunteers win support for community groups in the East of England

Grants of up to £500 awarded to local groups 

BT is rewarding organisations and community groups across the East of England with grants of up to £500. 
The grants are being awarded through the company’s employee recognition scheme, the BT People Awards, which were launched last year. The scheme acknowledges BT’s volunteering heroes, who offer their time and skills to help people in their local community, by providing grants to organisations in which they are involved. 
Nineteen groups in the East of England have received grants to enable them to continue their excellent work in the community, including: Kettleburgh Green Trust in Woodbridge, Lawford Junior Football Club, 356 Felixstowe Squadron RAF Air Cadets, Ipswich Canoe Club and Hi Tension Trampoline Club in Ardleigh. A detailed list of the winning groups is below. 
Dave Hughes, BT’s East of England regional director, said: “The People Awards really highlight the time and commitment that BT people are giving to their communities and provide a great opportunity to reward their community group or charity for their volunteering.” 
Joe McDavid, a BT Human Resources director, said: “BT has a long history of working with good causes to help improve lives. Together with our employees, we have a record of fundraising and support for our local community groups that we can be proud of. It’s also wonderful to see so many BT people using their professional skills to support such a diverse mix of community organisations and charities. We see volunteering as a two-way benefit as there are many development opportunities when new skills are brought back into the workplace. Some of these experiences can only be gained by playing such an active role in the local community.” 
Two hundred and twenty four applications were received for the first round of grants and 174 applicants received awards totalling £50,000. 
Applications were submitted by BT people from all over the world including Switzerland and Malaysia. These included a wide range of community organisations from a children’s theatre to a pipe band, illustrating the wide variety of activities in which BT people are involved. 

For more information and to see a complete list of the latest award recipients please visit: www.btpeopleawards.co.uk or see what BT can do to help charities by visiting: www.bt.com/charityportfolio. 
The East of England winners are: 

• Hi Tension Trampoline Club, Ardleigh, CO7 7NS £200 
• Lawford Junior Football Club, Lawford, CO11 2HZ £200 
• 1st Mid Suffolk Boys Brigade and Girls Association, Stowmarket, IP14 1PN £200 
• Iceni Ipswich, Ipswich, IP4 1BN £200 
• Kettleburgh Green Trust, Woodbridge, IP13 7LE £200 
• Barking Village Hall, Ipswich, IP6 8HP £200 
• 8th Ipswich Guides, Ipswich, IP4 4NT £200 
• Ipswich Canoe Club, Ipswich, IP2 9AJ £200 
• 356 Felixstowe Squadron RAF Air Cadets, Felixstowe, IP11 3RX £200 
• Ipswich RFC, Ipswich, IP4 3PZ £200 
• 1st Kesgrave Scouts (Beavers Section), Ipswich, IP5 1JF £200 
• Dunstable Swimming Club, Dunstable, LU61 1TR £200 
• Easton Parish Council, Easton, PE28 0TT £200 
• Ockendon Scout and Guide Group, South Ockendon, RM15 6HX £200 
• Second Southchurch Scout Group, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2QR £200 
• Veerayatan UK, Waltham Cross, EN7 6RZ £200 
• 1st Rickmansworth Scout Explorer Unit, Rickmansworth, WD3 1BN £500 
• Hospice of St Francis, Berkhamsted, HP4 3GW £200 
• Chess Valley Rugby Club, Croxley Green, WD3 3HT £200