Spark response staff raise over £7,000 for local charities

Kind-hearted employees at Spark Response, one of the country’s leading contact centre and fulfillment specialists, have donated over £7,000 to local charities after a year of fundraising.


Cancer Connections in South Shields and Barnardo’s in the North East have each been presented with cheques for £3,458.50, raised by holding dressing down days, staff sales and an annual family funday.


A further £308 was collected throughout the year and donated to Comic Relief and Children In Need.


Cancer Connections was founded in 2006 to offer emotional and practical support to people suffering from cancer. Its purpose is to help them return to their normal lives after undergoing treatment for the illness, and gives them the opportunity to speak to people who have been through the same thing.


One of Spark’s partner support managers, Lauren Kane, nominated the charity after a close family member was diagnosed with cancer and used the charity’s drop in centre; whilst Barnardo’s was nominated by Colin Bongartz, a former contact centre manager at Spark, who sadly passed away in 2010. The cause was chosen by colleagues in his memory.


Suzi Campbell from Barnardo’s said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received this significant sum of money from Spark. We know how committed the staff have been in their fundraising efforts and we are very grateful for their time and interest in us.


“The money raised will help a number of children in the North East who live in disadvantaged circumstances and children living with disabilities, children who are young carers, those who live with domestic violence in their homes and children who are subject to neglect and abuse. All the money raised will go to very good causes and we thank the staff at Spark for helping us to do this work.”


Professor Reginald Hall is a former cancer surgeon and a director of Cancer Connections. He said: “Cancer Connections provides vital help and support to people who have or have had cancer, not just in South Shields but into the wider South Tyneside area and across the region, so we are incredibly grateful for the generous donation from Spark Response employees. Without donations like this, we couldn’t provide the level of service we do.”


Suzi Campbell and Professor Hall attended a cheque presentation at Spark Response, where they met some of the staff who had generously donated funds and time during the past 12 months.


Andy Redfern, a Director at Spark Response and subsidiary company, Spark Etail, added: “I applaud all our staff for their efforts to support local charities. Every year they come up with ideas to fundraise for our chosen beneficiaries and do such a good job. Cancer Connections and Barnardo’s rely on support like ours, so well done to everyone who helped raised such a large amount for them.”


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