Swindon IT and communications firm raises £50k for charity

By Anita Jaynes on 6 February, 2015

Excalibur Communications have brought their 2014 year of fundraising to an end by announcing they have reached their target for The Forever Friends Appeal charity at the Royal United Hospital. January last year saw the Swindon-based business mobile, IT and landline providers, announce The Forever Friends Appeal as their 2014 Charity of the Year, pledging to raise a total £50,000 towards the RUH Cancer Care Campaign to help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre at the RUH.

On Thursday 29  January 2015, James Phipps, CEO of Excalibur Communications, presented a £50,000 cheque to Patrons of the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, Sir James and Lady Deirdre Dyson. The cheque represented the grand total raised by Excalibur Communications last year. The year’s fundraising was kicked off in 2014 with an initial donation of £25,000 by Excalibur, with the final £25,000 raised through initiatives organized by the company. As requested by Excalibur, this donation will go towards the provision of facilities for teenagers and young adults in the new Cancer Centre.

Excalibur have received incredible support throughout 2014 from their staff, customers and partners in the bid to reach their £50k target. Staff from the firm hosted a Charity Sporting Dinner last July, with guest speaker Gareth Thomas, a Day at Bath Races in September, followed by an attempt to break a world record for the largest ever Swiss Ball exercise class. Excalibur’s CEO James Phipps comments: “We’ve had an extremely busy year raising our target amount for RUH and the enthusiasm and effort Excalibur staff and the local community have shown has been overwhelming. Committing to raising such a large amount was a big challenge but we pulled out all the stops and made sure we got there! I want to say a huge thank you to all the hundreds of people that gave their time and money in support of our pledge, we truly couldn’t have done it without you. A very special thanks goes to the Excalibur team too, I’m incredibly proud of you all.”

The £50,000 donation means that Excalibur will be recognised by the charity as a ‘Principal Corporate Partner’, and will receive a Forever Friends Appeal Principal Corporate Partnership plaque to display in their Swindon office. In addition, the firm is thrilled that their support will be acknowledged with the naming of an area within the new Cancer Centre, associated with teenagers and young adults.

Head of Fundraising for The Forever Friends Appeal, Tim Hobbs, comments: “Excalibur has been an incredible supporter of The Forever Friends Appeal throughout 2014. They have achieved a tremendous target of £50k which will make a truly significant difference to the lives of our cancer patients at the RUH. We would therefore like to say a heartfelt thank you to James and the whole Excalibur team for their passion for our cause and we are thrilled to welcome the company on board as Principal Corporate Partners.”

For more information about The Forever Friends Appeal’s Corporate Partnership scheme and the RUH Cancer Care Campaign to help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre, visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk

Pictured above: Excalibur presenting their cheque to The Forever Friends Appeal charity. From left to right: John Cullum, Chairman of The Forever Friends Appeal, James Phipps, Chief Executive of Excalibur Communications, Sir James and Lady Deirdre Dyson, Patrons of the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, Dr Emma De Winton, Lead Consultant Clinical Oncologist, James Scott, RUH Chief Executive. Image courtesy of Clare Green Photography www.claregreenphotography.co.uk