Our major charity partners
We’re working with charities that make a difference in the UK and right around the world.
Our technology and our people have helped charities raise many millions of pounds over the years. We’ve become a good friend to these major causes, helping them to do what they do best - provide help to the people who really need it, both in the UK and around the world.
We’ve been working with Comic Relief since it was founded in 1985. As one of the largest grant-giving charities in the UK, it supports tens of thousands of projects around the world.
We help in three main ways – every year we provide the communication technology that makes the appeals possible, our staff give time to volunteer and we raise funds thanks to the efforts of our people and our inspiring celebrity challenges.
We’ve sponsored the BT Challenges since 2009. We were there encouraging comedian David Walliams on his epic “BT Sport Relief Challenge; Walliams V The Thames” river swim. And for the “BT Red Nose Challenge: Hell and High Water”, we sent well-known faces from TV down the mighty Zambezi. These amazing feats raise literally millions.
But our efforts don’t stop there. Each year we set our own target, and in 2013 our fundraising total hit £500,000.
Children in Need
For over 30 years, our technology and our people have formed the backbone of the annual televised BBC Children in Need telethon, which aims to raise funds to help disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.
During last year’s show BT processed more than 182,000 calls and nearly £9million in donations. But our commitment to the charity goes beyond technology; it is a cause that is particularly close to the hearts of our people too. We ran all sorts of fundraising events right across the company and more than 700 of our people volunteered to take calls on the night.
Incredible technical expertise and the inspirational commitment of staff have put BT at the heart of BBC Children in Need for over 30 years. During that time we have raised over £650m which has been used to help hundreds of thousands of children living tough lives right here in the UK.
David Ramsden, Chief Executive BBC Children in Need.
We have been supporting ChildLine since its founder Esther Rantzen came to us over 25 years ago with the idea of a new UK telephone helpline (0800 1111) for young people in need. The free, 24 hour counselling service, provided by the NSPCC, deals with any issue which causes distress or concern to young people – from child abuse and bullying, to pregnancy or substance misuse.
Our support ranges from helping to make their phone system work to our people volunteering in answering the calls. We’ve also recently been helping ChildLine with their website, improving access for mobile phones to the charity’s ChildLine 121 online counselling service.
“Last year we saw almost 15% growth in the amount of ChildLine website visitors originating from a mobile device. As of February this year at least a quarter of our monthly visitors are mobile and this number is predicted to grow. With some of the more high risk and serious concerns often talked about online, BT’s help is ensuring that more children can get through to our online services to receive critical support.“
Peter Liver, Director of ChildLine Services, April 2013.
Disasters Emergency Committee
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) co-ordinates fundraising appeals on behalf of fourteen different UK aid agencies in the face of major crises. Day to day, BT manages the organisation’s network and phone system and when disasters or emergencies strike, our free MyDonate system processes donations from the public quickly and securely.
In March 2013, the DEC launched an urgent appeal to raise funds to help the millions of children and families who have been displaced by the escalating humanitarian crisis in Syria. By the end of that first month more than £2 million had been raised over the BT MyDonate platform.