HomeServe Goes the Extra Mile for Sport Relief

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HomeServe is proud to announce the results of its support for Sport Relief 2012. On Friday 23rd March, Sport Relief hit the airwaves with a fantastic night of TV, and more than 270 HomeServe staff at the company’s Walsall call centre volunteered to receive donation calls.

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“It was a great evening to be involved in. I’d like to thank everyone who played their part, giving up their night to help such a good cause and raise such a phenomenal sum.

HomeServe is proud to announce the results of its support for Sport Relief 2012. On Friday 23rd March, Sport Relief hit the airwaves with a fantastic night of TV, and more than 270 HomeServe staff at the company’s Walsall call centre volunteered to receive donation calls.

They were to be joined by CEO Jonathan King, who rolled up his sleeves and manned the phones, and – putting aside their differences for the evening – club mascots from Birmingham City, Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

More than £63,000 was taken on the night, with over £3,000 coming in the final 15 minutes. The largest donation taken from an individual was a generous £2,000.

HomeServe CEO Jonathan King said: “It was a great evening to be involved in. I’d like to thank everyone who played their part, giving up their night to help such a good cause and raise such a phenomenal sum. We were taking donations right until midnight, which is testament to the generosity of people in the West Midlands.”

In 2010, more than 90 call centres, staffed by a phenomenal 6,340 charitable volunteers, supported the Sport Relief campaign, helping to raise a mind-blowing £44 million – this year, on the night donations have already topped £50 million.

Staff were encouraged to bring the kids along to an evening of family fun, with toys, fancy dress, a pizza buffet, drinks and sweets.

Prizes were be given away for the best Jedward hairdo, and volunteers and their children each received a free raffle ticket for the chance to win some superb prizes including a 9” portable DVD player, camera, and a range of vouchers. Everyone was also given a free Sport Relief t-shirt.

As one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. All the money raised by the public helps people living unimaginably tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest countries. From the Friday of fundraising fun right through to the Sport Relief Mile on Sunday 25th March, it was a brilliant weekend. For more information visit sportrelief.com.

About HomeServe

Every minute a HomeServe engineer comes to the rescue of a British household.

With over 2,700 directly employed and sub-contracted engineers, HomeServe is a national emergency home repair service backed by a 24 hour claims handling and repair network.

HomeServe's new tradesmen service provides households with access vetted tradesmen who are qualified to carry out hundreds of different jobs around the home.

HomeServe tradesmen are guaranteed to turn up on time, to hold the necessary qualifications to do the job at hand, to provide a price before they start the job and will even guarantee their work for a 12 month period afterwards.

HomeServe also offers insurance cover for plumbing, drains, electrical wiring and gas central heating.

Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).

Contact information
For further information about HomeServe visit http://www.HomeServe.com or contact:

  •     Diane Jones, 01922 659 731 diane.jones(at)homeserve(dot)com
  •     Melanie Fleet, 01922 659783 melanie(at)homeserve(dot)com

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