BATTLING call centre workers hung up their phones to raise cash for charity after their manager was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Staff from the Royal Mail and EDF Energy went head to head in a fund-raising football match.
Two teams from each call centre, both based in Doxford Park, Sunderland, pulled on their boots in a game for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The event at Farringdon Community Sports College saw a women’s Royal Mail team beating their EDF counterparts 4-2 in a five-a-side match.
Royal mail union rep Sara Wright scored one of the winning goals, before being sent off for a late challenge just a minute later.
But the EDF men’s team evened up the bragging rights, beating the Royal Mail 7-6.
David Dodds, who works in business sales and services at Royal Mail, helped organise the event after manager Louise Sanderson was diagnosed with breast cancer.
He said: “Lots of cash was raised and we had a great day. We are going to make it an annual match as we had such a good response.”
City businesses also lent a hand, donating raffle prizes.
Seaham ice cream parlour Lickety Split served up sweet treats and hot food on the day, along with a host of other stalls.
David, who managed to put a goal past the EDF keeper, added: “Lickety Split made £150 and we are doing a raffle and collecting sponsor money.
“Louise’s son Clarke has made around £700 on his own. We’re not sure of exact amount ‘till this week but think it will be around the £1,500 to £2,000 mark.
“It really meant a lot to Louise and her family how positive the day was and it will be an annual match to keep raising cash for McMillan.”
Louise and her family gave thanks to David Dodds, her Royal Mail colleagues, Leanne Thompson, Jacqui Edwards, EDF, Lickety Split, Farringdon College for all their help.
Donations can be sent c/o David at Royal Mail, Doxford Business Park, or dropped off at the building in Admiral Way.
For more information, contact David Dodds 0775 792 6462.