Young people are the main focus of the community initiatives and we want to support them to become involved in sport, to get more from their education and to understand and exploit IT.
The Telecomputer bus continues to provide a powerful extension to learning in the classrooms of local schools with a suite of recently upgraded computers and new software. We also sponsor a range of sport events, including a swimathon, youth cricket teams and coaching. We continue to provide work placements in our offices for young people with special needs.
Health has also been an important focus for community investment in recent years. Thanks to tremendous fundraising activity by our employees, we have been important partners in the Mighty Oak appeal to build a new hospice with the first ever children's unit on the island. To date the appeal has successfully met its initial target of raising £2.0 million to begin work on the new centre.
Last year we also began working with e-San to use mobile technology to help asthma sufferers monitor their condition and keep in touch with medical staff. This project - which follows a similar successful trial by O2 UK - involved 15 patients, between the ages of 19 and 25.