Charity focused Onecom snares award

Staff at telecoms provider Onecom have been honoured by the Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity (CMHC) for raising thousands of pounds in a year-long series of events and challenges.

CMHC, which supports the Countess Mountbatten Hospice in Southampton, presented Onecom its award for Fundraising Charity Partnership of the Year (over 50 employees) at its Corporate Awards evening.

The award comes after a year during which staff at Onecom, based in Whiteley and with offices around the UK, raised £6,492 for CMHC. 

Ben Dowd, Onecom CEO, said: “Countess Mountbatten Hospice carries out incredible work which many Onecom staff have come into contact with through friends and family.

“We wanted to pull out all the stops throughout the business to support CMHC through individual and team efforts – and we had a lot of fun along the way.”

The award win came just weeks after Onecom staff chose YoungMinds as their charity of the year as the company launches a focus on health and wellbeing for 2019 and beyond.

YoungMinds, the charity for children and young people’s mental health, was selected in a vote open to staff at Onecom’s headquarters in Hampshire and offices around the UK.

More than 400 staff at Onecom will support the charity with fundraising activities throughout the year.

At the same time, the company has launched an enhanced wellness programme for its employees, beginning with the appointment and training of six 'mental health first aiders' who will provide support for colleagues affected by mental health or wellbeing issues.

Onecom is also launching tailored training sessions for staff on resilience and stress management, and a telephone line that staff can call for support, backed by face-to-face counselling if needed. 

The wellness programme works in tandem with Onecom’s Employee Plus programme, which supports staff learning and development and offers discounts on gym memberships and personal training to help employees enjoy positive and productive time out of working hours.

Dowd added: “We recognise that our people are our biggest asset, and happy healthy staff are crucial for us to deliver great service and happy customers."

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