£140,000 Raised for Get Connected

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Our colleagues across the group said a final farewell to last year’s Group charity Get Connected, now called The Mix, this week by handing over a giant cheque for £140,000.

Generous colleagues pushed themselves to the limit last year by running, cycling and more to raise an impressive £140,000 for the charity. Tonnes of hours were put in as part of a cycling challenge, a virtual running challenge, making a huge paperchain to increase awareness on #GivingTuesday and more to raise the impressive total.

The sum will go towards helping The Mix, a UK wide free and confidential helpline service for young people under 25, to continue its vital work.

Caroline Huggett, UK HR Director, said: “This is a huge achievement and I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our colleagues and those who gave generously to help us raise this sum.

“Each day we are there for our customers when they need us to take the worry out of breakdowns, and this year we have put our all into helping our chosen national charity to ease young people’s worries.

“The partnership is a cause close to our hearts, demonstrating our mutual core values particularly being fair, caring and dependable. We couldn’t have asked for more from our employees over the course of this year. We put the call out to them and they answered. We hope this will help The Mix to continue the excellent work that it does across the UK.”

“We couldn’t have asked for more from our employees over the course of this year”

Our Ride 999 challenge saw six of our employees take to the road to cover 900 miles across nine countries in just nine days as part of the charity’s UK-wide initiative.

The Ride 999 challenge, which also included ‘first to nine’ ping pong and air hockey sponsored tournaments, saw us raise £120,000 alone. Domestic & General also made a 10% company contribution to the final employee fundraising total bringing about the £140,000 figure.

More than 80% of those who have used the helpline say their lives have improved after contacting the charity.

 

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