Phone giant helps charity

A MULTI-NATIONAL communications giant has announced a partnership scheme with a Dales charity.

Bakewell-based Village Aid, which works to relieve poverty in West Africa, has announced the link with Vodafone.

The Vodafone World of Difference Scheme is a work placement programme, offering 500 people a year the opportunity to work for their charity of choice.

Becky Frankham, 21, of Sheffield, will be working full time with Village Aid for two months, as a fundraising assistant.

She said: “I am really excited about the opportunity to work with Village Aid and on issues I am so passionate about.

“I look forward to supporting local people in their fundraising endeavours for our West African partners and raising the profile of such a worthy organisation.”

The scheme allows individuals to donate themselves (rather than their cash) to a charity on a full-time basis.

Keith Bradshaw, marketing director for Village Aid said: “Times are tough for everyone at the moment, especially small, local organisations in the voluntary sector.

“We are delighted to welcome Becky to Village Aid and know that she will contribute greatly to our work this year.”

James Atkins, Village Aid’s communications officer added: “As a small local charity we rely heavily on volunteers for many of our UK activities.

“Having a full-time member of staff for the next two months will hugely increase our capacity to support those volunteers so we couldn’t be happier that Vodafone have agreed to support us in this way.”

For more information about Village Aid please visit our website: www.villageaid.org.