50 staff, friends and family took to the phones on Friday night and helped raise almost £50,000 towards this Year’s Comic Relief spectacular.

Spark was one of the donation contact centres for the event and the 50 volunteers who gave up their Friday evening to get involved took £48,000 in pledges from the public.

The five hour telethon, which involved a host of celebrities, comedy sketches and live performances, raised more than £75m for charities nationally and overseas.

A further £1,200 was raised by staff from raffles and other themed events held in the build up to Comic Relief.

Spark employee Lindsey Loftus (pictured far right) from Washington was one of the volunteers on the night. She said: “I supported Sport Relief last year and it was such a good night so I was happy to volunteer again. And because it’s for charity, it’s my chance to give something back.”

Peter Slee, Managing Director of the Spark eCommerce Group, was also there to lend a hand. He said: “The atmosphere in the build up was electric and that continued right through until midnight when we switched off. It’s testament to the team in place here that so many people were prepared to give up their Friday night for charity. Great fun was had by all.”

Supporting local and national charities is a priority for Spark eCommerce Group. Last year, as well as involvement in Sport Relief, it also helped raise more than £11,000 for the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle and Houghton-le-Spring based bereavement charity 4Louis, while 2013’s chosen beneficiaries are Tyneside Mind and Gateshead Cross Roads.