Sunderland staff do their bit for Sport Relief

Sunderland Deputy Mayor Alan Emerson and  Mayoress Janice Emerson give support to council staff volunteers who are taking phone donations for Sport relief. with Margaret Kennedy answering the phones.
Sunderland Deputy Mayor Alan Emerson and Mayoress Janice Emerson give support to council staff volunteers who are taking phone donations for Sport relief. with Margaret Kennedy answering the phones.
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Council workers in Sunderland are manning the phones for tonight’s Sport Relief.

The City Council’s Customer Contact Centre is once again acting as a volunteer pledge centre for the event - something it’s been doing for the biennial charity event since 2009.

Sunderland Deputy Mayor Alan Emerson gives support to council staff volunteers who are taking phone donations for Sport relief.

Sunderland Deputy Mayor Alan Emerson gives support to council staff volunteers who are taking phone donations for Sport relief.

More than 80 people are manning the 75 telephone lines until midnight as people ring in to pledge their donations.

Cabinet secretary, Coun Mel Speding, is one of those taking calls along with the Deputy Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Alan Emerson.

Volunteers are also getting into the spirit with team competitions, games and fancy dress.

Deputy Mayor, Coun Emerson said: “It’s fantastic to see so many of our employees giving up their Friday night to volunteer for such a worthy cause. This is a very special event which raises lots of money for charities both here and abroad.

Sunderland Deputy Mayor Alan Emerson gives support to council staff volunteer Beverley Fox who  is taking phone donations for Sport relief.

Sunderland Deputy Mayor Alan Emerson gives support to council staff volunteer Beverley Fox who is taking phone donations for Sport relief.

“We’re incredibly proud of our staff and the way they always pull out all the stops to support events like Sport Relief and Red Nose Day.”

Sport Relief runs on alternate years with Red Nose Day to annually raise millions of pounds for charity.

This is the seventh year running that employees from Sunderland City Council have been involved in taking telephone pledges and donations on Sport Relief and Comic Relief.

Money raised by Sport Relief helps to give people living in grinding poverty across Africa a better chance in life, and also helps poor and disadvantaged people and communities across the UK turn their lives around.