Cornish Mutual is celebrating after helping Comic Relief generate over £70 million for charity – and still counting! The regional insurance company hosted the only official Red Nose Day call centre in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset.
The company fielded calls from across the UK on Friday, March 24th, while a host of fun events were held at its Truro base, as staff were joined by volunteers from local businesses to handle calls until 1am on Saturday morning.
Alan Goddard, managing director of Cornish Mutual, officially opened the call centre before the phones went live at 7pm. While over 100 volunteers took calls through the night, the organisation held an array of charity activity to help raise as much money as possible for good causes.
An all-night cycle ride from Tiverton to Truro prompted lots of laughs as guests and staff took turns on two Red Nose Day exercise bikes to clock up miles for charity, and the organisation also hosted a lip sync battle competition, a charity silent auction and there was live music and a visit from the Exeter Chiefs.
Leading up to the event, the insurer has been running a host of fundraising initiatives, including an exhausting 5-hour Zumba fitness class on Truro’s Lemon Quay, a twelve hour ‘bowlathon’ at Truro Bowl, a pub quiz in conjunction with Skinner’s Brewery, and a bucket collection at the Tesco store in Truro.
The insurer also ran a joke competition with local schoolchildren between the ages of 6-8 and 9-12 to get involved and enter their best gags.
Alan Goddard, managing director of Cornish Mutual, said: “Comic Relief is such a fantastic cause and we were extremely proud and excited to once again be the only official Red Nose Day call centre for Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset, with more than 100 people willingly giving up their time to support this fantastic event.
“It was such a busy evening with a tremendous atmosphere in our Truro office, and it was great to welcome so many volunteers who joined us on the phones, joined in fundraising activities and spurred on the call centre teams. Between midnight and 1am we were one of only two call centres in the UK taking calls, so I would like to thank everyone who gave up their time to make the evening happen, and all the local businesses that donated food and prizes.”