Sos Group Community Donation For Heavenly Choir

Issue 100

Team Valley-based SOS Group is blessed to work with a varied range of clients, from start-ups to international household names, and is celebrating one of its longest standing business relationships by donating to support its community work.

The office technology provider has worked with St James’ and St Basil’s Church in Fenham, Newcastle, for over 20 years, helping ensure the smooth running of the organisational aspects of the church’s work.

Affectionately known as Js and Bs, the church was built through the generosity of local ship builder Sir James Knott after the First World War in memory of his two sons. It has always provided, not only a space for worship, but somewhere to bring together the local community and has become a popular venue in the North East for grass roots music.

Reverend James McGowan, Vicar of St James’ and St Basil’s, says: “We’re a relatively small client of SOS Group but we don’t feel like it! SOS makes us feel very valued, not only providing efficient customer service, but also taking an interest in our life and work to make sure we have the best possible tools available.

“In addition to our regular Sunday services, our Community Music Programme offers space for over 200 people each week to engage in music through choirs and concerts and this generous donation from SOS Group will be used to support the work of Newcastle Phoenix Choir, which is based at Js and Bs.”

Newcastle Phoenix Choir formed in 2021 to take over the work of StreetWise Opera in the North East. StreetWise had a mission to engage with those who had experienced homelessness and other forms of social exclusion and it offers space for friendship and self-confidence to grow using music and song.

Andrew Skelton, a Director at SOS Group, says: “We’re very proud of our long-standing client relationships and, having worked closely with St James’ and St Basil’s for more than two decades, we know what a positive impact they make in Newcastle.

“It’s a great pleasure to make a donation to support their wonderful community work and wish Newcastle Phoenix Choir all the very best for the future.”

Established in 2002, SOS Group supplies and maintains leading brand digital office equipment and offers a full range of office management services, including unified communications, IT support, document management, cost consultation and managed print services for startups to multi nationals.

Facilitating all business requirements, including communications and IT, SOS Group specialises in providing copy, print, scan solutions and has a centralised office in Gateshead and six regional hubs servicing accounts nationally.

The company also has an established reputation in the events sector and has provided digital office equipment services at competitions including the 2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships, IAAF World Athletics Championships, the Special Olympics GB National Games, British Swimming Summer Championships and World Para Athletics Championships.

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