Saturday, 7 March 2009

Council staff to do their bit for charity

Caption: Leeds City Museum

Dozens of council staff will give up their time for free next Friday (13th March) to join in the fundraising for Red Nose Day.

Workers at Leeds City Council’s call centre have volunteered to stay on the phones into the night to answer calls from people ringing to donate to Comic Relief.

Over 100 incoming telephone lines have been put aside to cope with expected demand.

It’s not the first time the council’s call centre has been used to support a charity event and like in previous years it will form part of a UK wide network of centres taking donations.

It’s estimated the donations handled by council workers in Leeds exceeds £150,000 for all the events they’ve been involved in.

To keep morale as high as possible into the small hours, Emmerdale actor James Hooton who plays Sam Dingle in the soap, has agreed to visit the call centre on Red Nose night and perhaps even give a helping hand and answer the phone.


You are invited to send a reporter and/or photographer to meet James at 2000 on Friday March 13th. Please call the press office on 0113 395 0393 to arrange your attendance.

Cllr Richard Brett, joint leader and executive board member with responsibility for the council’s call centre said:

“I’m really pleased we’re able to help a cause like Comic Relief and its Red Nose Day.

Once again, a great many of our staff have agreed to give up their time for free and that says a lot about the generosity of the people who work for us.”

For media enquiries please contact:
Andy Carter, Leeds City Council Press Office (0113) 395 0393