Worldpay staff at the ready, as the UK gears up for Sport Relief

Donations peak at 200 per second at generous Brits dig deep

28 Mar 2018

London, 22 March 2018 - Over 100 volunteers from Worldpay, the UK’s leading payment processor, will be standing by this Friday evening as the company’s Gateshead contact centre gives itself over in support of Sport Relief. UK staff will be manning the call centre out of hours to take thousands of telephone donations from across the country, and processing millions of pounds from generous donors throughout the evening.

Staff at the call centre will be joined by senior executives from across Worldpay taking calls from 5pm on Friday evening until midnight. Colleagues from across the business will also take part in a range of fundraising projects happening in offices and local areas around the UK.

As a Primary Payment Service provider for the charity, Worldpay process a wide network of online and call centre donations for free via Sport Relief’s Online and BT’s MyDonate platforms, ensuring more cash flows directly to the charity. Having been in partnership for 12 years, Worldpay has processed over £235 million (a fifth of all donations) on behalf of Sport Relief destined for a range of good causes in the UK and internationally.

The charity uses a variety of Worldpay solutions, specifically designed to cope with high volume and velocity transaction peaks, reaching as many as 200 transactions per second as donations flood in. 

Steve Newton, Executive Vice President, UK and Europe of Worldpay said: “This is a very special event which raises lots of money to support charities both here in the UK and abroad. Every year our staff look forward to getting into the spirit on this fun evening in recognition of such a worthy cause.

“This is the third year our contact centre staff in Gateshead have volunteered their time to support this amazing charity. During last year’s Sport Relief event we took over £30,000 in telephone donations during the evening and processed over £235m in payments from kind-hearted donors. We’re revved up to beat those figures this year.”


About Worldpay

Worldpay, Inc. (NYSE: WP; LSE: WPY) is a leading payments technology company with unique capability to power global integrated omni-commerce. With industry-leading scale and an unmatched integrated technology platform, Worldpay offers clients a comprehensive suite of products and services globally, delivered through a single provider.

Worldpay processes over 40 billion transactions annually through more than 300 payment types across 146 countries and 126 currencies. The company’s growth strategy includes expanding into high-growth markets, verticals and customer segments, including global eCommerce, Integrated Payments and B2B.

Worldpay, Inc. was formed in 2018 through the combination of the No. 1 merchant acquirers in the U.S. and the U.K. Worldpay, Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange as “WP” and the London Stock Exchange as “WPY.”

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28 Mar 2018