Bournemouth-based telecommunications company 4Com have announced the launching of their 2017 charity search, which aims to raise up to £40,000 for a local cause.
Previous charity partners include Linwood School, who funded a new outdoor play area, Amelia’s Rainbow, who opened a new holiday home and, last year, Diverse Abilities who used the donation of over £36,000 to fund an indoor play area as part of their Lilypad Appeal.
The selection process takes on a familiar format to previous years with local charities invited to submit their application online, before the 4Com Foundation’s committee whittles the applicants down to 6 finalists. As ever, the winner will be the charity who receives the most votes from 4Com’s team, split between their head office in Bournemouth and their new office in Southampton.
4Com’s Chairman and MD, Daron Hutt commented, “This is always one of the highlights of our year; the team here love to get involved with our local community and I’m sure it’ll be another tough decision picking a winner.”
Dean Cartledge, who leads the 4Com Foundation which organises 4Com’s charity challenges added, “This year, we’re going around the Isle of Wight, running 13.1 miles, cycling 31 and walking the final 22 so it’s another arduous challenge which we’re sure our sponsors will get right behind. At the moment we have nearly 80 members of our team taking part in some way which will make it our biggest event so far.”
Asked what criteria would be used to make the shortlist, Dean explained, “It’s important to us that it’s a local charity, that the money would be used on a specific project rather than going into a general fund and that it will impact a large group of people over many years.”
Charities wishing to apply to be 4Com’s Charity Partner 2017 should submit their applications before the closing date on Sunday 14th May, here.