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Rainton call centre rings for success for Sport Relief

On Friday evening npower’s Rainton call centre showed its support for Sport Relief 2016 by enlisting 63 volunteers to take over 1,200 calls from generous members of the public who wanted to donate to the cause.

On Friday 18 March, Sport Relief fever spread across the UK and current figures indicate this year's fundraising pot has already raised over £56 million. Employees from npower’s Rainton site showed their support by wearing their favourite sports kit to raise money for the appeal, at the same time as manning 50 phone lines throughout the night.

Mike Davies, member of the volunteering team said, “Call centres up and down the country play a vital role for Sport Relief. By giving the general public a quick and easy way to donate we are doing our bit to help an incredibly worthy cause.

We were delighted to be nominated as a regional call centre for the second year running after last year’s Comic Relief success. This was a real opportunity for us to represent both npower and the North East again, and so I’m pleased to say the overwhelming enthusiasm by staff has made this a complete success.”

Chris Thewlis, npower’s Customer Services Director said, “I'm extremely proud of the volunteers at Rainton who gave up their time to support the appeal. Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to have fun, raise cash and change lives and it’s an honour for npower to be a part of it.”

Sport Relief volunteering is part of npower’s policy to empower its employees to choose their volunteering, charity and fundraising causes – offering its people the chance to lead on the relationships they build in their communities.

Comic Relief through its Red Nose Day and Sport Relief Campaigns have raised over £1 Billion. Half of all the money the public raises is spent by Comic Relief right here at home in the UK, with the other half used to make a difference in the world’s poorest communities. For more information, please visit: www.sportrelief.com