4 Mar 13

Exeter City stars praise EDF Energy Comic Relief volunteers

Exeter City’s John O'Flynn will be at EDF Energy’s Exeter office for Red Nose Day

Exeter City footballers John O’Flynn and Guillem Bauza will be dropping into EDF Energy’s main Exeter office to give their support to employees’ efforts to help raise millions of pounds for Comic Relief.

Some 300 volunteers will work shifts, taking calls on 75 phone lines donated by EDF Energy for the nationwide appeal, from 7pm to midnight on Red Nose Day on Friday (15 March).

Linking with the live BBC One show, thousands of calls will be taken at the company’s Exeter Business Park site, in an effort to raise money for a range of UK and overseas Comic Relief initiatives.

Strikers Guillem Bauza and John O’Flynn paid tribute to their efforts.

Guillem Bauza said: “It’s fantastic that so many EDF Energy staff are giving up their time to help Comic Relief. I’m really pleased to be able to go and see how they get on and thank them personally for their efforts.”

John O’Flynn said: “Comic Relief raises money for some brilliant causes and it’s great that here in Exeter everyone at EDF Energy is helping to make that happen. All of us at Exeter City are appreciative of their efforts.”

EDF Energy’s Exeter employees will also be raising money themselves this week through a 1980s-themed dress down day, cake sale, fancy dress competition and raffle, with prizes including a signed Exeter City shirt.

Entertainment and food will be laid on throughout the evening for the volunteers, with family and friends also getting involved.

Steve Hayfield, EDF Energy’s Exeter-based Customer Services Director, said: “EDF Energy is a long-standing and loyal supporter of Comic Relief. We’re delighted that we are once again able to help and thrilled that Guillem and John are taking the time to come and talk to the volunteers. Our employees, along with their families and friends, have been brilliant in coming forward to help on the night and I’m sure it will be a fantastic atmosphere.”

Money raised is spent by Comic Relief to help vulnerable adults and children in the UK and in the world’s poorest countries.

A Comic Relief spokesperson commented: “We are hugely grateful to the staff at EDF Energy who have volunteered to answer Red Nose Day donation calls and for all their fundraising efforts.

“Red Nose Day is back on Friday 15th March and there are loads of ways you can get involved and support Comic Relief’s work in Africa and right on your own doorstep. Just make sure you do something funny for money, have a laugh while doing it and make sure you raise loads of cash!”

EDF Energy’s own services will not be affected with customers able to call as normal.