A leading Scottish telecoms firm has launched a new initiative to support children’s causes around the UK.

Exchange Communications, which is headquartered in Kirkintilloch will donate £500 for every new Avaya telephony installation carried out for the remainder of 2018.

Glasgow’s Britannia Panopticon charity has been revealed as its first recipient, after it was nominated by Frasers Hospitality.

The donation will help fund the historic Trongate Music Hall’s free Funny Bones children’s programme in 2019. Featuring clowning, writing and stand-up classes for children aged 7-13, it completed a successful pilot run earlier this year.

Tom Sime of Exchange Communications, said: “We wanted to do something to give back to the communities in which we’ve worked and, in particular, we wanted to support and encourage children to realise their potential.

“We’re launching our initiative during the Year of Young People in Scotland, but we’ll be supporting kids right across the UK.

“The Funny Bones programme at the Britannia Panopticon is a shining example of the wonderful opportunities that can be made available to our children with a little support.”

Judith Bowers of the Britannia Panopticon, said: “We want to deliver the best we can for our young people, and thanks to this donation, we’re now able to make a commitment to running our free Funny Bones programme again next year.

“It’s a great way to inspire our kids and build their confidence, and it definitely raises smiles all round.”

Exchange Communications was established in 1990 and has grown to become one of the most successful and largest independent telecommunications companies in the UK.

Frasers Hospitality operates Glasgow’s Fraser Suites serviced apartments and works alongside Exchange Communications for its telecoms needs. It is one of the world’s leading extended stay hospitality brands and Fraser Suites Glasgow is set a world-leading 1850s Victorian building in the city’s Merchant City area.

The Britannia Panopticon is the world’s oldest known surviving Music Hall, famed as the location where 16-year-old Stan Laurel made his debut. The Friends of Britannia Panopticon Music Hall Trust was established in 1999 and aims to raise awareness of and fund the restoration of the auditorium. Find out more at www.britanniapanopticon.org.

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