THEY say charity begins at home but staff at Firstsource Solution centres across the UK and Ireland have raised almost £12,000 through their fundraising activities in the past year.
The global Business Process Outsourcer has four contact centres across Northern Ireland and employs over 2,000 people in Belfast and Derry.
Over the last 12 months, staff in Derry have shown support to the local community through participation in a number of charitable events raising £996 for Clic Sargent, £1,500 for the NSPCC’s Secret Santa Appeal and a further £720 for a staff Christmas jumper appeal.
Clic Sargent was also Firstsource’s corporate Christmas charity and received an additional £1,000 from the company.
Fraida Silver, Marketing Director for Firstsource Solutions said: “We are very proud of all of our teams across the UK and Ireland and in particular the effort and enthusiasm that our local teams here have put in to raising funds for several worthwhile causes.
“Supporting charitable causes at a local, national and international level is an important aspect of the company’s CSR policy. Our teams are always generous in showing support through various events each year. These initiatives are a good way for staff to create a positive impact at their workplace and within the surrounding community.”
Other charities supported throughout 2012 include:
• Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice
• Little Orchid’s Centre for children with special needs,
• Children In Crossfire, a charity which supports children in the United Republic of Tanzania, the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and the Republic of Gambia;
• Sperrin Cancer Treatment unit at the local hospital in Derry;
• PIPS (Public Initiative for the Prevention of Suicide and self-harm) in Belfast,
• Children’s Heartbeat Trust UKIrish Wheelchair Association