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Focus on Scotland: Our fundraiser takes a trip to Africa to meet the children she's helped

17 January 2017

Last year, a BT employee and fundraiser from Glasgow made an emotional trip to Africa to visit some of the people and projects she’s helped raise money for over the years.

Yvette Blaney, 46, a resource manager at our call centre in Glasgow, has organised fundraising events for several years, including our support of telethons for Sport Relief, Comic Relief and Children in Need in Glasgow. In 2015, more than 400 employees across Scotland supported telethons by taking donation calls at sites in Dundee, Greenock and Glasgow.

Yvette was one of a handful of volunteers chosen for the once-in-a-lifetime trip out of hundreds of people nominated by their colleagues across the UK.

Resource manager Yvette visits projects supported by Sport Relief and The BT Supporters Club.

The experience proved deeply moving for Yvette, who said: “This trip has given me the most rewarding and emotional experience of my life so far - I found myself in tears at times. “It was so moving to see first-hand the brilliant work of the projects supported by Sport Relief and the BT Supporters Club in South Africa.”

“It's hard to put into words but I do wish to spread one simple message - anyone can make a difference, whether volunteering for an international charity or helping someone in your own local community. We can all make a difference.”

Our employees are able to give up to three days of working time each year for community and charitable work. Our MyDonate platform handles the donations during the appeals for Sport Relief, as well as for Comic Relief and Children in Need. In 2016, our people raised more than £500,000 for Sport Relief.  

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