Red Nose day

For the fourth time running Cambridgeshire County Councillors, employees, family and friends will be taking telephone donations for Comic Relief at the authority’s Contact Centre.

So far the Council has helped Comic Relief to raise £330,000 and hope this year will be equally busy.

This year more than 75 volunteers will be taking part by taking calls from the moment lines open at 6.45pm until midnight on Friday, March 15.

The team of organisers will be making sure everyone has a lot of fun and, as previous years, they expect to see a lot of volunteers in fancy dress.

Not only will volunteers be taking calls but a band of loyal supporters will be keeping the whole team supplied with tea and snacks.

The night also raises money for Comic Relief with a raffle. There will also be lots of other fund raising activities taking place across the Council by staff in the week leading up to Red Nose Day, including bake offs, cake stalls, sponsored hair dying and sponsoring your colleagues to carry out a ‘dare’!

The money spent this Red Nose Day will help people living incredibly tough lives across Africa and here in the UK.

At home in the UK, Red Nose Day cash helps a wide range of people including isolated and vulnerable young carers, disadvantaged communities living with poor mental and physical health, as well as supporting survivors of domestic violence.

In Africa, Red Nose Day cash supports a wide spectrum of projects such as helping communities living in poverty get the healthcare they need, and providing regular access to clean water. This gives them a better chance of staying healthy and an opportunity for a better future.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Mac McGuire, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement said: “Every year there is a real team effort to help raise as much as we can for Comic Relief. It is great that Comic Relief keeps coming back and using our Contact Centre, it shows just how much they value the professional way our volunteers go about their job. I would also like to thank all the volunteers that turn up and work so hard on the night for this very worthy cause. Councillors across the parties as well as staff, friends and family give up their time to raise as much as they can. Normally the Contact Centre deals with around 263,000 calls a year on a range of topics from library services, to Blue Badge applications. This is a great way to use the facility to help the wider community.”