Every day one in 30 babies are born in the UK with a condition which may affect them for life and each year less than £10 per child is spent on health research. Sparks raises money to fund pioneering children’s medical research to get this to change.

We’re really excited about all the fundraising activities KCOM Group has lined up for the summer. Last year their annual golf day alone raised over £36,000 and with some exciting new events in the pipeline too I know that they’re in for a busy few months of fundraising.

Madeleine Buckley
Corporate Partnerships Manager at Sparks

In July KCOM Group will be hosting its tenth annual charity golf day which brings together customers, partners and celebrity sportsmen to play 27 holes at Forest Pines Golf Club in North Lincolnshire.

This year we have two teams from KCOM Group taking on new challenges to raise money. A team of 29 employees will be rowing a longboat 250 metres across the lake at Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield, against around 30 other teams in a bid to get the best time. The third challenge KCOM Group will be embarking on is a four day, 300 mile cycling challenge across Italy from Venice to Genoa. The team will be made up of colleagues from KCOM Group and other businesses including Deloitte, Addleshaw Goddard and Lloyds Bank. This summer is packed full of fundraising activities that we know will raise a fantastic amount of money for Sparks.

Madeleine Buckley

We have some of our biggest fundraising events coming up this summer. Each year the golf day has been more successful and with our two new challenges we’re aiming to smash our fundraising target. It’s great to see people come together and dig deep to help a good cause like Sparks. Our partnership with Sparks has been incredibly successful and we’re looking forward to continuing this success throughout the summer.

Paul Simpson
Chief Financial Officer at KCOM Group

KCOM Group has supported Sparks as its charity partner since 2012, raising £160,000 during that time to beat its original fundraising target by £60,000.

Keep up to date with the KCOM Group cycling team by looking at their blog -http://kcomcycles.wordpress.com/ and Twitter feed (@KCOMcycles).

About Sparks

Since 1991, Sparks have committed £27 million into pioneering research projects across a wide spectrum of medical conditions including childhood cancers, cerebral palsy, premature birth and spinal bifida. In total, the charity has funded 277 research projects in more than 80 hospitals and universities across the UK.

Through the research they fund, they aim to improve the quality of life for children and families affected by serious illnesses or disabilities, whilst seeking better ways to diagnose, treat and prevent these conditions in the future.

These medical breakthroughs make a difference not only across the UK, but for thousands of children and families around the world.


Registered charity number 1003825 (England and Wales), SCO39482 (Scotland)


KCOM Group PLC is a leading provider of communications services to organisations and consumers, serving customers through four market focused brands.

KC provides a range of telephony and broadband services to consumers and businesses in Hull and East Yorkshire. Our other three brands serve organisations throughout the UK. Eclipse provides communications services to small and medium businesses across the UK, connecting them to customers, partners and suppliers and improving their productivity and flexibility, and helping them to grow. Kcom works with some of the UK’s biggest names, delivering communications services that enable them to be flexible, efficient and more responsive to their customers. Smart421 delivers high-end consultancy, integration and management of business-critical systems for enterprise customers.

We apply the collective knowledge and expertise of our people and our partners to help our customers harness the power of communications. Our focus is on the delivery of inspiring customer experiences, and finding new and better ways to connect people.

For further information please contact:

Laura Cavanagh
KCOM Group, PR Executive
01924 882885 / 07738 785435