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Big-hearted BT staff in Truro pitch in to take calls for Soccer Aid

Press Release   •   Jun 01, 2018 11:56 BST

Soccer Aid volunteers at BT's centre in Truro

If you’re planning to donate money to Soccer Aid on Sunday June 10, there’s a sporting chance your call might be answered in Truro.

That’s because more than 40 big-hearted BT staff in Cornwall are turning their offices in Calenick Street, Truro,into a Soccer Aid pledge centre for the evening.

They will be giving up their free time to answer calls whilst two star-studded teams – Robbie’s England and Usain Bolt’s World XI - battle it out at Manchester’s Old Trafford stadium. The teams this year will include Michael Owen, Gordon Ramsay, Paddy McGuiness and Mo Farrah.

All public donations to Soccer Aid will support charity Unicef's work protecting children in the UK and globally. An incredible £24 million has already been raised through the event over the last 10 years. The Government has promised to match every donation – and so double the total sum raised.

In 2006, pop star Robbie Williams, who is a Unicef UK Ambassador, and his best mate Jonathan Wilkes came up with the idea of Soccer Aid. Robbie has captained the England team ever since.

Most of the Truro volunteers are from BT’s contact centre in the city, though staff from other parts of BT Group, including the EE shop in Truro, are also taking part.

BT’s Scott Kimber,who is helping to co-ordinate activities at the Truro contact centre, said: “The excitement around the office is building as we get closer to the big match. It’s great that so many employees have given up their own time to get involved.

“We’d also love to hear from any local businesses wishing to donate a prize for a raffle on June 10 which will help raise funds for Unicef.”

Businesses wishing to donate can call Scott on 01872 271593 or e-mail him at scott.kimber@bt.com

Staff at BT’s Truro centre are well known for their activities raising money for charities and other worthy causes, such as the St Petroc’s Society in Cornwall and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Elsewhere, BT Group volunteers will also be running Soccer Aid pledge centres in Belfast, Cardiff and Lancaster.

The star-studded Soccer Aid match will be broadcast live on ITV from 18:15 on 10 June. Donations can currently be made on the Soccer Aid website and phone lines will open on the night.

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