Our Group Charity Partner programme launched in 2006, and since then hundreds of thousands of pounds have been raised for various charity partners. We encourage our people - either as individuals or groups - to organise fundraising events, whilst our network of national 'Charity Champions' raise awareness of our chosen charity and co-ordinate activities where necessary. Our selection process includes a voting system by which all our people can choose which charity they want to support.
From April 2012 the Group moved to working with a charity partner for a minimum of two years. The thinking behind this was that much time, effort and expense was spent in the first year getting the partnership up and running. A one year partnership meant that just when everything was set up and running effectively the partnership was actually coming to an end.
Our people voted overwhelmingly to support Sparks, a medical research charity for children and mums-to-be. The partnership will run until the 31 March 2014.
Each year, 3000 babies die before their first birthday and one in 30 children are born with a disability or condition which will affect them for life. Sparks funds research into serious conditions affecting the health of babies, children and mums-to-be. Since 1991, the charity have committed over £21 million into pioneering research projects across a wide spectrum of medical conditions including premature birth, baby brain damage, childhood cancers and cerebral palsy to name a few.
For more information on Sparks, please visit www.sparks.org.uk (opens in new window)
Click here for details on how to apply to become KCOM Group Charity Partner. for 2014/15.
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