npower’s call centre in Worcester is celebrating another successful year as an official call centre for BBC Children in Need.

Over 75 employees manned 30 dedicated phone lines, taking almost 1,000 calls throughout the night.

Donations taken totalled over £40,000 - adding to the £48m so far donated to Children in Need this year.

The volunteers, who came from npower offices across the Midlands, got into the spirit of things by dressing in 1920s inspired Peaky Blinders-style dresses and suits with cropped trousers, sturdy boots and baker boy caps. They were kept energised throughout the evening which began at 6.45pm on Friday and ended at 1am on Saturday, with food and drink, raffles and party games.

David Titterton, director of energy services at npower, said: “Our volunteers really pulled out all the stops to keep the flow of calls going continuously throughout the entire night. It was great to see everyone come together from across npower to help and have fun. The energy and passion for the cause was amazing!”

Laura Parkes who works in the customer vulnerability team in npower’s Solihull office worked a full day before heading down the M5 to take calls during the evening shift in Worcester.

She said: “I was really proud to be part of Children in Need this year and I loved speaking to all the people that called up to donate to make a difference for the children helped by this amazing charity.

"It never fails to surprise me how generous the UK public are, and with such heart-breaking stories aired throughout the night, I was glad to be able to do my part.

"It was a fab atmosphere in the office, the live show was being screened so we were all watching in our breaks and there were plenty of sweets and chocolates to keep us going until the end.”

Deputy Mayor for Worcester, Jo Hodges, who was there to wish the volunteers well at the start of the night, said: “A huge thank you to all the people who gave up their Friday evening to be part of this appeal and to npower for making their premises available for this event. It was an incredible atmosphere and so humbling to see compassion and humanity coming together selflessly to support a great cause.”