Call centre takes charge of charity calls

Staff man the Children In Need telephones at Southern Electric in Havant. (Left to right), Tracy Johnson, Lucy Wetherell, and Kirstie Allen
Staff man the Children In Need telephones at Southern Electric in Havant. (Left to right), Tracy Johnson, Lucy Wetherell, and Kirstie Allen
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ARMED with telephone head pieces, hundreds of staff at a huge call centre took public donations for Children in Need last night.

Around 300 workers at Southern Electric, in Penner Road, Havant, manned 121 phone lines for the BBC and were responsible for every call from mobile phones and ex-directory lines in the country.

Children at St Thomas More's Primary School in Havant had been busy baking to raise funds for Children in Need. Back row from left, Ben Watkinson (10), Douglas Quinn (9), Ben Sadler (9) and Emma Farrugia (11) with (front l-r) Andrew Palmer (9), Ivan Germanoff (9), Chloe Lawrence (10) and Elise Sissons (9) with their varirty of cakes

Children at St Thomas More's Primary School in Havant had been busy baking to raise funds for Children in Need. Back row from left, Ben Watkinson (10), Douglas Quinn (9), Ben Sadler (9) and Emma Farrugia (11) with (front l-r) Andrew Palmer (9), Ivan Germanoff (9), Chloe Lawrence (10) and Elise Sissons (9) with their varirty of cakes

Yesterday staff also took part in wacky and fun activities in aid of the children’s charity.

Guitarist James Kendall-Waters, 33, a meter reader for the firm, and singer Lauren Kempton, 24, who works in the customer relations complaints department, performed pop and rock songs with Pudsey Bear and managed to raise more than £100.

Lauren, who performs in shows for Amber Andrews School of Dance, in Fareham, said: ‘It’s really good that the company got on board for such an incredible cause.

‘Everybody has got involved in raising money in one way or another.’

James said: ‘I had never performed with Lauren before, we didn’t even rehearse before hand. We must have done well because the response has been fantastic.

‘A lot of people have passed by and thrown money into our pot.’

Staff at the call centre’s IT department also dressed up in ball gowns and suits and a charity Zumba fitness class rounded off the day.

Tracey Costley, 39, head of Southern Electric’s call centres in the UK, stopped by, dressed in spotty pyjamas.

She said: ‘It’s great to see the staff doing so much for Children in Need.

‘The atmosphere has been lovely and people have been very generous in their giving.

‘I have a son who is only six so I had even more reason to do this.

‘When I watched the Children in Need videos it touched my heart.’