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4Com Selects Linwood School, Bournemouth as Charity Beneficiary for 2014

4Com, the UK telecommunications company, have announced the project that will benefit from their fundraising events throughout the remainder of 2014.

Linwood School in Winton4Com Charity 2014 are aiming to raise in excess of £100,000 to install three multi-function, multi-sensory outdoor recreation and learning areas.  This will assist their 232 pupils with severe learning and physical disabilities to make use of available outdoor space, giving them a broad well balanced education.

Their current equipment is limited and in need of constant maintenance, not being accessible to all children at the present time.  All of the funding goes into the welfare of the children and staff within the school, and they simply cannot afford to change the outdoor space.  The children that attend Linwood School aged between three and eighteen would greatly benefit from the specially adapted equipment, enriching their lives and supporting their education, while providing a safe environment.

4Com aims to wholly sponsor the construction and maintenance of one of the three areas, the outdoor gymnasium area and climbing wall, which will cost £24,000.  They will begin their quest to raise this amount with 20 staff members conquering the 42-mile ‘Lyke Wake Walk’ in under 18 hours on 6th & 7th June with the company pledging to match every pound raised by their employees!

Daron Hutt, Chairman of 4Com plc was first made aware of the playground project by Frances Cornelius of Variety, the Children’s Charity.  Daron explained, “We cannot ignore this project, as it benefits so many children. The conditions of the current outdoor space can be improved upon greatly, and as the children are from low income families, their own fundraising is not an option.  As a community we need to help our local schools.  At 4Com we will pledge to re-plant and maintain the sensory garden, which was opened by Harry Redknapp back in 2000. We will trek the 42 miles of the Lyke Wake Walk for the children of Linwood School.”

Dean Cartledge, Telemarketing Director, along with Frances Cornelius visited Sue James, Primary Learning Leader at Linwood School in Winton, Bournemouth to see for themselves the huge task ahead.  Dead added, “Visiting Sue at Linwood School has given us the desire and drive to raise funds and enable these wonderful children and their teachers to utilise the outside environment that is so desperately needed.  It is fantastic news that Daron has decided to match every pound raised.”

With just 14 days to go until the start of the ‘4Forty’ challenge, the gruelling training programme is starting to take its toll. The initial team of 36 is now down to just 20 hardy souls.
4Com are aiming to raise over £24,000 for Variety and the Linwood School project specifically, with the 4Forty Lyke Wake Walk and subsequent fundraising activities contributing to the target until it is reached. The staff at 4Com are appealing for your help.

“We need you to help, we would love to realise these outdoor environments for Linwood School, and for that we need you.  We need you to donate a gift to for the 4Com charity auction where an Audi could be won for the weekend.  Or indeed if you would like to buy raffle tickets, please contact Ellie Howes, Marketing Executive 4Com on: Eloise.howes@4com.co.uk.   You can also donate via just giving, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/4Forty.  Please help”

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