WANdisco Support Local Football Club And Childrens Hospital
Sheffield, – July 9, 2009 – WANdisco, a leading provider of infrastructure software for replication, scalability & high availability, today announced a Platinum Partners agreement with Sheffield Wednesday Football Club and Sheffield Children's Hospital. Platinum Partners is a new top tier sponsorship package introduced for the coming English football season which supports both the club and Sheffield Children's Hospital.
As Platinum Partners, WANdisco will work closely with The Children's Hospital, helping to raise funds and awareness of campaigns whilst also enjoying many benefits associated with being a top level sponsor of Sheffield Wednesday.
David Richards, chief executive officer of WANdisco, said: "We are delighted to become Sheffield Wednesday's first Platinum Partners, because there are genuine benefits not just for the club and ourselves but more importantly for The Children's Hospital, Sheffield.
"WANdisco probably would not have partnered with a football club in a traditional sponsorship deal but the partnership with The Children's Hospital illustrates how much value the club attaches to its community. We are really pleased to establish a strong relationship with The Children's Hospital as Platinum Partners and look forward to doing our bit to help raise funds for and awareness of the hospital."
Through their partnership, WANdisco are launching a Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for The Children's Hospital Charity on the weekend of September 5. WANdisco are inviting local businesses to join them and a team from Sheffield Wednesday to scale the three highest peaks in Yorkshire.
Sheffield City Council and Creative Sheffield are just two companies who have already committed to the challenge and it is hoped that many more will join this venture.
David Vernon-Edwards, Director of The Children's Hospital Charity, said: "We are delighted that WANdisco have decided to form this special relationship with Sheffield Wednesday and our charity. The company are really enthusiastic about the work that we do and it is fantastic news that they have already set themselves a fundraising challenge.
"We hope other local businesses will follow WANdisco's lead and join them on their Three Peaks Challenge. All the money raised from the challenge will help us provide the latest medical equipment for our young patients and help the hospital maintain its reputation as a world class centre of excellence for the care, prevention and cure of illness."
Sheffield Wednesday chairman, Lee Strafford, added: "We are delighted to welcome WANdisco as our first Platinum Partners and delighted to provide an avenue for more companies to forge strong relationships with The Children's Hospital. WANdisco wanted to be involved with Sheffield Wednesday largely because of our partnership with The Children's Hospital Charity. The hospital is already starting to feel the benefits from this and hopefully WANdisco's challenge event will encourage more firms to become Platinum Partners."
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