Bt Business Provides Comic Relief

London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) February 18, 2009 -- BT has been confirmed as the title sponsor of a celebrity expedition to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Comic Relief. The BT Red Nose Climb will see a team of famous faces scale Africa’s highest mountain. Climbers include Gary Barlow, Chris Moyles, Kimberly Walsh, Cheryl Cole, Ronan Keating, Denise Van Outen, Alesha Dixon, Fearne Cotton and Ben Shephard.

The UK’s 4.6 million small businesses are being encouraged by BT Business to use their entrepreneurial spirit to support the campaign and raise funds for Comic relief and the projects it supports at home and abroad.

To help small businesses rise to the challenge BT Business has developed a fundraising pack to offer guidance and is offering a range of exciting prizes to the businesses that raise the most funds.

“Fundraising is a great opportunity to motivate staff, increase your brand presence with customers and clients, raise the company profile within the local community and show support to a worthwhile cause, said Bill Murphy, Managing Director, BT Business.

“The BT Red Nose Climb is a truly inspiring project, which will give vital support through Comic Relief to people around the world. BT Business is committed to supporting the small business community and we’ve developed this pack to encourage small businesses to get involved. Small businesses not only make a vital contribution to the UK economy but are often the first to put their support behind fundraising.” he concluded.

BT is also covering the cost of the stars’ attempts to tackle the 19,340ft peak, and an hour-long documentary of the attempt which will be shown on BBC One during the week leading up to Red Nose Day on March 13 2009.

Michele Settle, Marketing Director, Comic Relief said: “BT has helped people donate over the phone since we began, making it a vital part of the Comic Relief family. As BT Business already has a relationship with over a million small businesses in the UK we welcome their support in helping small businesses get behind the campaign this year. That’s why we’re so thrilled BT has chosen to extend its support to the BT Red Nose Climb – it is set to be a fantastic fundraising campaign so watch this space.”

BT has supported Comic Relief since 1985 providing telephony, call centres, network management and thousands of volunteer hours, enabling the charity to take millions of pounds in pledges on Red Nose Day.

To find out more about the BT Red Nose Day Climb, download the fundraising pack or set-up a business fundraising page visit [].

-Ends- For further media information on BT Business please contact Rose Hobson or Sadie Beilby on 020 7479 4310 or email

For further media information on the BT Red Nose Day Climb please contact Anna Capleton or Sophie King on 0207 840 6942 or email

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About Red Nose Day

• Red Nose Day is coming on Friday 13 March 2009 and is going back to its roots,

asking people to Do Something Funny for Money!

• The Red Nose Day fundraising kit includes loads of ideas to help you Do Something Funny for Money! Order your copy now at

• To make a donation, call 03457 910 910 (Calls to our 0345 number will cost the same as calls to 01 and 02 prefixed numbers and will be included as part of any inclusive minutes or discount package)

• Comic Relief’s vision is to create a just world, free from poverty

• Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England / Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

• Comic Relief spends all the money raised giving extremely poor and disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa a helping hand to turn their lives around

The Comic Relief promise
In order to run itself in a professional and effective way Comic Relief incurs necessary significant costs. Raising funds, making grants and organisational overheads cost real money.

Despite these costs, Comic Relief is still able to promise that for every pound the charity gets directly from the public a pound goes to helping transform the lives of people living with poverty and social injustice. If Red Nose Day raises £50 million, Comic Relief will spend at least £50 million doing just that.

It can make this promise because its operating budget is covered in cash or in kind from all types of supporters like corporate sponsors and donors, suppliers, generous individuals and government (including Gift Aid) as well as from investment income and interest.

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