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Manchester Firm Launches 'Random Acts of Kindness Year'

Article date: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:28 GMT

UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones

Manchester-based hosting and colocation firm UKFast has committed £100,000 to 'random acts of kindness' throughout the next year in a bid to generate a spirit of giving across the region.

UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones, who moved to Manchester aged just 17, regularly champions the city's community spirit, crediting it for taking him in at such a young age and fuelling his thirst for innovation and entrepreneurial success.

With this in mind, the award-winning entrepreneur has launched the 'Random Club' mission to give back more than ever to the local community.

Jones said: "At the end of last year and coming into 2014, we took on several charity projects like Key 103's Mission Xmas and we were privileged enough to spend some time helping out a family in Wythenshawe and turn their nightmare before Christmas into a dream come true, creating Harvey's Den.

"Seeing our team and businesses from across the city come together to help out really inspired me and made me realise how much we can do to help those in need in the city; conversely hearing from suppliers who refused to help has made me want to inspire them to do more for the community, rather than turning a blind eye."

Throughout the year, the team at UKFast will carry out these 'random' acts of charity to those who they see are in most need - this could be anything from huge projects, like Harvey's Den, to popping into the local hospital to donate some toys and time.

Jones added: "Since we took part in the Harvey's Den project, I've been inundated with requests for help - from donation requests to people asking for advice - and although we cannot help everyone, we want to help as many people across Manchester and hope that other businesses will follow suit."

Jones and his team have chosen the projects that will form the first phase of the 'Random Acts' project with plans to be announced over the next few months.

Last year the firm moved into a new 50,000sq ft HQ on the edge of the Manchester Science Park on Princess Parkway and, as part of this development, Jones is hoping to regenerate the local area.

The firm has already provided free rehearsal space for the Manchester Camerata - a group supported by Lawrence for many years - and helped budding entrepreneurs and young sporting talent who've made use of UKFast Campus.

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