2015 marked a new record in both charitable activities and giving at 4Com, the Bournemouth based telecommunications provider to UK SMEs.
4Com ran a “12 Days of Christmas” campaign in the run up to the festive period, working with 10 different charities in an effort to make a difference to the local community, having already raised over £35,000 to fund a holiday home for the Amelia Grace Rainbow Fund earlier in the year.
Alongside opening the holiday home, 4Com also helped the Boscombe Salvation Army on two occasions, serving soup and distributing clothes which had been funded by staff donations. They also organised and ran a Christmas party at Beaucroft School, hosted a lunch for the elderly with Age Concern Christchurch and donated equipment and toys to Montacute School and Ashley’s Birthday Bank respectively, amongst other events. Linwood School, who had a new sensory play area opened by 4Com, also received a new Variety “Sunshine” Coach from 4Com’s Chairman and MD Daron Hutt, the third such coach that 4Com has donated.
Dean Cartledge, 4Com Director and Head of the 4Com Foundation, explained how the 12 Days of Christmas idea began, “After a great summer event, we wanted to do something around Christmas to support those who may either struggle at this time of year, or just benefit from a little extra help. The staff have suggested a lot of these events, they’ve organised all of them and funded things such as the clothes for the Salvation Army and a lot of the food parcels which we gave to the Trussel Trust. We’ve had over 50 members of staff taking part in these events and had many more who wanted to be, which shows how keen our team are to help with our local charity work.
The 12 Days of Christmas ended a remarkable year for 4Com, who saw their charity efforts gain recognition as they were named a finalist in the Engagement with the Community category of the Dorset Business Awards.
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