Barclays staff take a stand on cancer

Barclays staff manning the phones during the Channel Four Stand Up For Cancer campaign.

Barclays staff manning the phones during the Channel Four Stand Up For Cancer campaign.

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WORKERS at a city call centre have been Standing up to Cancer by sitting at their desks.

More than 100 staff from Barclays on the Doxford International Business Park spent Friday night fielding pledge calls for Channel 4’s Stand up to Cancer fund-raising telethon.

“It went brilliantly” said spokeswoman Chris Parry.

“It was very, very popular, which we expected. We took £89,000 in pledges which, for a first event, was a really good effort.

“Apparently they have been doing it for years in the States, but this is the first time Cancer Research has decided to do something similar over here.

“There were eight centres across the UK handling calls, but we were the only one in the North East.

“We had 125 people taking part and they did it all in their own time.

“A lot of them worked an eight-hour shift and then stayed on until midnight to answer the phones, which is great.”

Bank bosses made an evening of it to help keep staff from flagging.

“The atmosphere was buzzing – we played lots of games and we had pizza and fizzy pop,” said Chris.

The centre is no stranger to supporting such events.

“We have supported Comic Relief and Sport Relief for five years, but this was a great opportunity to get in at the very beginning with Cancer Research,” said Chris.

“They raised more than £6million, which is excellent for a first effort.

“That was not just through pledges, but with people sending in cheques too, because they had been advertising it a lot on the TV.

“I have just had an email to say they are looking to do it again next year and we have put our names forward.”

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