Every day one in 30 babies is born in the UK with a condition which may affect them for life, yet 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.

This year was the first time KCOM Group has taken part in a dragon boat race to raise money for Sparks – they’re always coming up with new and fun ways to raise money for us. A team of 19 employees rowed a longboat 250 metres across the lake at Pugney’s Country Park, against another 36 teams in a bid to get the best time. The KCOM Group team managed to get a fantastic time of 59 seconds meaning they came tenth in the race. They’ve now been able to add another £1,000 to the fundraising pot, which is a fantastic achievement. There are more fundraising activities to come later in the summer that we know will raise a substantial amount of money for Sparks.

Madeleine Buckley
Corporate Partnerships Manager at Sparks

The event is organised jointly by The Rotary Club of Wakefield Chantry (club no 1496) and Huddersfield Rotary Club (club no 209), who have organised the race for five years.

The 36 teams were each sponsoring a different charity, raising £10,000 so far for worthy causes. This brings the total raised by this event over the last five years to over £100,000, which goes to local and national charities. The whole team has really enjoyed taking part in this event and we’re so pleased that we’ve been able to raise money for such a fantastic cause. There’s already talk of taking part again next year.

Lee Morrison
Provisioning Specialist at KCOM Group

KCOM Group has supported Sparks since 2012 raising £190,000 during that time to beat its original fundraising target by £90,000.


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.

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