UK home and broadband provider channels its efforts into Jane’s legacy

An appeal established by courageous charity fundraiser Jane Tomlinson has received a major boost for 2014.

Plusnet, the UK home and broadband provider, has announced that the Jane Tomlinson Appeal is to be the company's official Charity of the Year.

Plusnet asks staff to decide the charity they would collectively like to raise funds for, on an annual basis, and it was The Appeal that topped the staff vote this year.

The decision further cements the links between the charity and the company. Plusnet already sponsors the Yorkshire Marathon, which this year takes place on October 12th and is organised by the same team responsible for the successful Jane Tomlinson Run For All 10K series.

Throughout the year Plusnet workers will raise money by organising a series of events and taking part in the Jane Tomlinson Run For All Leeds, York, Hull and Pennine Lancashire 10Ks.

Under the new partnership, the company will also provide logistical, technical and other support to the charity.

Siobhan Curtis, Jane Tomlinson Appeal legacy manager, said: "This is tremendous news.

"We are enormously grateful to all the Plusnet staff who voted for us to be their official charity for 2014.

"We are looking forward to this partnership which will benefit many good causes. Money raised for the Appeal goes to support children's and cancer charities across the region."

Andy Baker, Plusnet CEO said, "Plusnet employees look forward to getting involved in fundraising events and many have already bravely pledged to run the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon 2014, to raise funds for the remarkable Appeal.

"With the new office in Leeds now open and our employment presence growing across Yorkshire it seems fitting that we have chosen to support a charity which benefits charities across our region."