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Press Release -- June 14th, 2011
Source: Cable & Wireless Worldwide

Cable&Wireless Worldwide announces foundation to support special needs

14 June 2011: Cable&Wireless Worldwide, the mission critical communications provider, today announces its charitable foundation, and is inviting organisations and individuals to apply for funding and support.

The Cable&Wireless Worldwide Foundation will enhance the lives of those with special needs through its expertise in mission critical communications, and will look to partner and build relationships with institutions that support, research, develop or implement the appropriate, specialist communication requirements.

By making the most of its resources, the company is also aiming to offer communication solutions and services to organisations supporting people with special needs, as well as working with experts to understand how people’s lives can be enhanced and enabling colleagues to build meaningful partnerships with relevant organisations.

“This is a very special day for us and I’m proud to see the introduction of the Cable&Wireless Worldwide Foundation,” says John Pluthero, Cable&Wireless Worldwide Chairman and Trustee of the Foundation. “Starting the Foundation is a formal way to harness the fantastic public spirit across our business. It’s a cohesive and global approach that provides the platform to focus our efforts, expertise and funding to make a real difference to people’s lives.”

Cable&Wireless Worldwide already contributes to many community and charity activities and is part of the emergencySMS service that enables deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired people in the UK send an SMS to the UK 999 services. The introduction of the Foundation, however, will allow the company to support a wider range of people and organisations with special needs.

The board of the Foundation consists of John Pluthero, Chairman of Cable&Wireless Worldwide, Kai Boschmann, Corporate Affairs Director of Cable&Wireless Worldwide and Philip Davis, General Counsel and Company Secretary of Cable&Wireless Worldwide. Head of Corporate Responsibility, Tracy O’Brien is Chair of the Foundation Management Team.

Individuals and organisations looking for funding should go to



Cable&Wireless Worldwide

Julien Cozens
Head of Press & Media Relations
+44 (0)7822 816097

Natalie Easson
Senior Media Relations Manager
+44 (0)7717 427418

Press office
+44 (0)1344 818 888

Notes to Editors:

The Cable&Wireless Worldwide Foundation is looking for long-term opportunities to collaborate with not-for-profit organisations and individuals by providing technical expertise, colleagues’ time and skills, funding and communication solutions to help develop their services. Colleague engagement is critical to C&W Worldwide’s community programme and we aim to focus on supporting organisation with which our colleagues can be involved.

Applications for funding must be made via between 14th June 2011 and 1st August 2011 and will be acknowledged via email within 14 days of receipt. If unsuccessful, applications can be made again three years from the initial date.

The Cable&Wireless Worldwide Foundation is clear on its focus to use communications as the core of its community programmes. It also feels long term value is essential for all parties so asks that the following are considered before completing the application process:

  • Are there opportunities for colleagues to be involved?
  • Can C&W Worldwide offer its technical expertise?
  • Will you be able to take advantage of our communications solutions?
  • Does the programme fit our local, national or international footprint?
  • Is your request relevant to the Foundation objectives to focus on communications support?
  • Is there scope for the relationship to grow?
  • Can both organisations measure and report on the benefits of any programme?
  • Will the partnership provide opportunities to communicate the “story”, both internally and externally?

About Cable&Wireless Worldwide:

Cable&Wireless Worldwide (LSE: CW.) is a leading global telecoms company providing a wide range of high-quality managed voice, data, hosting and IP-based services and applications to large multinational companies, governments, carrier customers and resellers across the UK, Asia Pacific, India, Middle East & Africa, Continental Europe and North America. Established in the 1860s, Cable&Wireless Worldwide helps more than 6,000 organisations deliver their goals. The Group’s vision is to be the first choice for mission critical communications.

Reaching 20,500km in length, Cable&Wireless Worldwide owns the UK’s largest fibre network dedicated to business users of telecoms, and provides ubiquitous nationwide access through a combination of fibre, digital, microwave, radio and leased circuits. The network has presence in over 400 towns and cities in the UK, with 864 unbundled exchanges covering 56% of the population.

Internationally, Cable&Wireless Worldwide’s global next-generation network (NGN) stretches to more than 425,000km, including interests in 60 global cable systems, enabling connectivity to more than 150 countries. The Group’s IP-based Multi-Service Platform operates at the core of our NGN, offering a single environment on which voice and data applications can be converged to drive business efficiencies. Cable&Wireless Worldwide’s network is uniquely designed with inbuilt resilience.

With more than 6,000 colleagues globally, Cable&Wireless Worldwide is committed to delivering exceptional customer service and developing long term partnerships with its customers

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