Former Manchester United stars Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke will team up with DHL employees on Friday evening to raise money for the BBC Children in Need appeal.
DHL, Official Logistics Partner of Manchester United, is giving its main call centre at East Midlands Airport to Children in Need for the night, and over 200 employees from across the business will be on hand to answer calls and take donations along with the Manchester United legends.
The ex-United strike duo will add some stardust to proceedings, and will be accompanied by the Premier League champions trophy for DHL volunteers to enjoy. Along with taking phone donations, DHL will also be holding local fundraising events during the evening, such as a charity auction of items including a signed Manchester United shirt.
DHL’s Customer Services call centre was selected by the charity for its high service standards and extensive experience as it manages over 3 million calls a year, making it well equipped to man the phone lines from 7pm until 12.30am on Friday. DHL is supporting Children in Need for the third year running having raised £6,500 in 2010. The call centre at East Midlands will be one of the largest used in this year’s appeal.
Andy Cole said: “It’s a pleasure to help raise money for a great cause like Children in Need. It has extra significance for me because I grew up not far from here in Nottingham, so I hope we can do our bit to improve the lives of kids in this area and across the country.”
Gary Redman-Schaffer, Managing Director of Customer Services said: “We are proud to be involved with Children in Need for the third year running, it’s such a worthy cause. All of our staff are getting into the fundraising spirit again this year, and we were delighted to be joined by Andy and Dwight for what promises to be a successful night.
“Millions of disadvantaged children across the UK are set to benefit from the nation’s generosity, and managing these calls is crucial to making sure this money reaches those who need it most.”