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Ten things you didn't know KCOM does to make life in Hull better

Tuesday 24 January 2017

Ten things you didn't know KCOM does to make life in Hull better

KCOM never does anything for Hull does it? It’s a familiar refrain that can be heard on some of the more negative areas of the internet.
But is it true?


Believe it or not at KCOM we love Hull. It’s our home city. Most of our people are from here. And we want to do everything we can to make this a great place to work, live and play.


So, think KCOM does nothing in your community? Think again. How about these ten things we’ve done in the past year alone, and these are just for starters. There’s loads more we are working on right now and even more we want to do in the future.


If you think KCOM can help your community initiative, get in touch, and maybe you can benefit like one of these great causes did has…


1) Last year our employees spent nearly 1,700 hours volunteering in the local community


2) We also awarded 12 community grants worth £500 each to charities and community groups including Hull Kung Fu, Hull People’s Memorial, the Polish Community Centre, Hull Street Angels and Project Hotdog for the homeless


3) Our employee collection for Hull Foodbank provided the equivalent of 528 meals for local families


4) We’ve helped more than a hundred local people to get online through our monthly internet help drop-in sessions at Carr Lane


5) We gave 80 local community groups, charities and schools raffle prizes or donations to help with their fundraising efforts


6) Oh, and we supported 16 local primary schools, secondary schools and colleges with a range of different careers and enterprise events


7) Our engineers are unleashing their inner Lewis Hamilton to helping youngsters at Sirius Academy West build an electric go-kart to race around Hull later this year as part of Project Blyth. That will see youngsters race around Hull city centre on a specially-built, mile-long track.


8) We sponsored major events in the region including the Freedom Festival, the Jane Tomlinson Run For All Hull 10K, Hull Civic Society Heritage Open Days, Heart of East Yorkshire Awards, Disability Sports Humber Awards and Global Entrepreneurship Week


9) We also visited 17 local primary schools with our ‘Simnet Challenge’ which teaches children how the internet works using some very high-tech ropes, Velcro and marker pens


10) And did you know we backed up our support of the City of Culture year by running our Ambassadors Days alongside Hull Children’s University? There we helped teach youngsters about Hull’s rich heritage and some of its most famous sons and daughters. Quick, pose for a selfie next to that statue of Amy Johnson.

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