Good sports answer the call to raise funds

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County residents are giving up their time to take part in fundraising activities in aid of charity Sport Relief.

Some will stay up until midnight tonight to receive calls from donors pledging funds for the cause which helps disadvantaged people in the UK and abroad.

RS Components in Corby will be the third largest call centre for the appeal co-ordinated by Gary Horne from the firm’s planning team.

It expects to have the most people it has had taking calls during its five-year partnership with the charity.

Throughout the day staff will also be taking part in various fundraising activities.

Paul Quested, the company’s UK general manager, said: “We are overwhelmed with how many people are willing to give up their free time to support Sport Relief.

“After working a full day in the office staff will then take thousands of calls from members of the public who want to donate money.”

Mr Horne said: “They are giving up their Friday night and it’s not just RS as a company but it’s friends and family coming in too and also members of Kettering Harriers and Corby United as we are trying to involve the community.”

MCE Insurance in Rushden will also have 80 call handlers taking donations for the first time at its call centre and will be supported by some of the British Superbikes riders it sponsors.

Liam Morrish, one of the organisers for the firm, said: “You can only imagine the amount of call centres in the UK.

“To be selected as one of the 169 chosen just shows what sort of feat we have reached. It will be quite special to have everyone here.”

Nine elderly nursing home residents – including three who have passed their 100th birthday – will be going the extra mile for charity today.

The group, from Countryview Nursing Home in Warkton, will take part in a relay around the home’s grounds with the help of staff to complete a combined Sport Relief Mile.

Kettering, Wellingborough, Corby and Stanwick will also play host to Sport Relief miles this weekend.

Almost 200 people have signed up for the event in Corby on Sunday at Rockingham Triangle.

Residents can also sign up on the day to take part in either a one, three or six-mile distance.

Corby Council’s lead member for community, Cllr John McGhee, said: “As always, we aim to raise as much money as we possibly can for Sport Relief so I hope that even more people sign up and dig deep for an excellent cause.”