Sunderland call centres ready for footy challenge

Ian Lanaghan (left) of EDF, Doxford Park and David Dodds of  neighbours Royal Mail who have organised a charity football match between the firms in aid of Macmillan.
Ian Lanaghan (left) of EDF, Doxford Park and David Dodds of neighbours Royal Mail who have organised a charity football match between the firms in aid of Macmillan.
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CALL centre workers are going head to head in a charity football match.

Sports mad Royal Mail staff are taking on employees from EDF Energy, in a fund-raising 11-a-side game.

Two teams from each call centre, both based in Doxford Park, Sunderland, will pull on their boots on Saturday to raise vital funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

David Dodds, who works in business sales and services at Royal Mail, help organise the game after manager Louise Sanderson was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“Louise said the Macmillan nurses were great,” he said. “So she wanted the money to go to them.

“My girlfriend, Hayley Laws, works for Macmillan, so I asked her how we could go about raising money for them.”

He added: “It’s 100 years of Macmillan this year, so Sarah Gouldy from the charity is coming down with a banner.

“They’ve been really supportive.”

The event will take place at Farringdon Community Sports College, with the women’s match kicking off at 1.15pm and the men taking to the pitch at 1.45pm.

David added: “Louise’s son Clarke has just left Farringdon School, so they said we can use all of the facilities there and he’s going to captain the Royal Mail team.

“The EDF building is just across the road from us and I’ve got a few friends based in there, so we have call centre cup matches and we always give them a beating.”

City businesses have also lent a hand, donating raffle prizes.

Seaham ice cream parlour Lickety Split will serve up sweet treats and hot food on the day, along with a host of other stalls.

Donations or raffle prizes 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.

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