When a Norfolk charity found itself in difficulties back in 2013, Portal Voice and Data stepped in to help.
Norwich based charity, Musical Keys, provides music and arts based activities for people of all ages with disabilities and additional needs, across Norfolk. Over 27 years, they have developed a comprehensive programme enabling participants to develop personal and social skills, build confidence and express themselves through enjoyable, interactive sessions. Their groups also offer a support network to parents, carers and families.
The charity sector is a challenging place in which to thrive and in 2013 Musical Keys came across some difficulties with their telephony supplier but with help and support from Portal Voice & Data, the small Norfolk charity was able to continue its work, providing access to music and creative opportunities for its service users.
When the staff at Portal caught wind of Musical Keys’ story, the Managing Director John Corney knew he needed to offer his help;
“We were delighted to address some significant overcharging from
a competitor and to support the work of this excellent charity.”
Since their initial partnership, Portal has continued to carry out maintenance on the Musical Keys phone system free of charge, with the pledge to support future telephony and data needs. We have also continued to fundraise for the charity, most recently via our ‘Charity Parking Sale’. We have rented out the parking spaces at Portal HQ, close to Carrow Road, to dedicated Norwich City FC supporters. The spaces are available for the duration of the football season for home fixtures, at a cost of £100. This year the parking spaces sold in record time and raised a total of £1,300.00 for Musical Keys.
Alison Cooper, Fundraiser for Musical Keys, praised Portal for its ongoing commitment;
“Longstanding corporate partnerships are increasingly hard to come by for small charities like ours. There is a great deal of competition for corporate support in the charity sector and we count ourselves very lucky to have developed such a significant relationship with Portal. From their initial support in 2013, they have continued to show their commitment to contributing to our work. It’s made a huge difference to what we have been able to achieve.”
Here at Portal, we believe that local businesses working to support each other is so important in a competetive market, with huge corporations and the odd unscrupulous supplier to contend with. We look forward to continuing our work with Musical Keys.