Belfast Telegraph

BT blaze charity work trail with 25% of staff signed up

By Staff Reporter

BT employees in Northern Ireland have contributed to a significant jump in overall staff numbers getting involved in charity work, according to the telecoms giant.

Staff have taken part in charity campaigns including the Great BT Charity Shop Challenge with Marie Curie, in addition to the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.

The company said that the total number of workers getting involved in charitable activities across the UK had grown by 62%, so that now a quarter of staff were contributing to good causes.

As the company marked National Volunteer's Week, a spokesman announced that its staff had raised more than £80m for good causes throughout the year. BT also runs its own volunteering programme, helping charitable organisations, including those based in Northern Ireland, to thrive and grow.

The programme enables company employees to use up to three days of working time each year for carrying out community and charitable work.

Sir Michael Rake, chairman of BT Group, said: "Our people contribute to their communities in many ways and I'm proud of our strong volunteering ethos throughout BT.

"We strongly believe volunteering is good for employees and the business, as well as benefiting charities and communities they support."

Belfast Telegraph