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4Com Foundation officially open new Linwood School learning and recreation area

TELECOMMUNICATIONS company 4Com picked out Linwood school as its chosen good cause for its fundraising in 2014.

Representatives from the 4Com Foundation officially opened the new facilities on the 27th February when a commemorative wall plaque was unveiled.

The 4Com Foundation is a charitable trust that has supported Linwood School in Winton by raising £24,000 to install a multi-function, multi-sensory outdoor recreation and learning area.

The project will help 232 pupils aged 3 to 18 with severe learning and physical disabilities make use of outdoor space.

Linwood School’s old equipment was limited and in need of constant maintenance and was not accessible to all children.

The school could not afford to improve the outdoor space itself as all its funding goes on the welfare of children and staff inside the school.

The 4Com Foundation wholly sponsored the construction and maintenance of the brand new outdoor gym and climbing wall.After1

Fundraising by 4Com began with the 4Forty challenge, in which 20 employees finished the 42-mile Lyke Wake Walk in under 18 hours on June 6 and 7, with the company matching every pound raised by staff.

Staff got involved again later in the year with the 4Freefall parachute jump ensuring that the whole £24,000 was raised in less than a year.

Daron Hutt, chairman of 4Com plc, said: “The new 4Com Foundation charitable trust supports worthy causes in the local community not only by fund raising but also by volunteering time to help.”

Recent 4Com foundation work in the community
Through the 4Com foundation, staff also got involved in putting their time aside at Christmas:

  • Oliver Goldsmith and colleagues helped with 57 Christmas Hampers at the Trussel Trust Salisbury Food Bank
  • Chris Duley helped with a number of his colleagues to distribute blankets and clothes to homeless people in Bournemouth with the Salvation Army
  • Martin Edwards ran a Christmas Day taxi service to ensure elderly people got to their Christmas dinners
  • Charlie Down & Tasha Emmins organised a raffle to raise money for a visit to Lapland to meet Santa for one lucky Linwood School pupil and his family
  • Holly Arbon helped with the Mosaic charities Christmas party for bereaved children
  • Eloise Howes worked with her colleagues and  Christchurch Angels to provide a party at 4Com HQ for isolated elderly people from the local community

About 4Com Foundation

The 4Com Foundation was set up at the end of 2014 to help focus the charity work undertaken by 4Com employees.  It is run by a committee of volunteers drawn from the staff who nominate the charities that benefit and come up with ingenious ideas to raise money and to assist in local community based projects.

Everything raised by the staff is matched pound by pound by 4Com.

Linwood School

Linwood is a special school located close to the centre of Bournemouth. We welcome pupils from a wide geographical area and support a comprehensive range of special Educational Needs. The range of needs includes moderate, severe and profound learning difficulties and pupils with autistic spectrum disorders.

The objectives of the Linwood School Charitable Trust are to advance the education of the pupils of the school by providing and assisting in the provision of facilities for education at the school (not normally provided by the Local Education Authority).

About 4Com PLC

4Com PLC was established in 1999 and is one of the fastest growing providers of telecommunication services in the UK, specialising in providing equipment and solutions for the UK’s SME sector.  Since inception, 4Com have installed over 9000 telecom systems in small to medium companies across the UK delivering tailored communications services to support their business objectives.  In 2014, 4Com was ranked #16 in the Sunday Times Top 100 Places to work – the highest placed Dorset Company and one of the highest ranked small to medium telecoms company in the UK.  At the end of 2013 4Com came in the top ten businesses in the UK to be recognised by the National Business Awards for Customer Focus and Service, and were also mentioned by the London Stock Exchange as one of the top 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain. 4Com employs 170staff, split between its head office near Bournemouth Airport and its field based engineering and support teams.

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