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10 August 2015 - Domestic & General connects with national charity

Earlier this year, leading warranty provider Domestic & General announced the launch of a new national charity partnership with Get Connected.
Get Connected is a UK wide free and confidential helpline service for young people who need support with a wide range of issues. More than 80 percent of those who have used the helpline say their lives improved after contacting the charity.

Dean Keeling, UK managing director of Domestic & General, said: “We are thrilled to be working alongside Get Connected.

“Each day we are there for our customers when they need us most. We take the worry out of breakdowns, and now we want to help Get Connected ease young people’s worries.

“This partnership demonstrates our mutual core values particularly being fair, caring and dependable. We want everyone across the company to come together and work with a spirit of ownership and adventure.

“Our expectmore>> vision is about delivering the outcomes that truly matter. That’s why this year we are committed to going the extra mile.

“We want to celebrate teams and colleagues who have a passion for fundraising and community work - and make a difference in the communities we work in across the UK.”

Last year Get Connected supported more than 228,000 children and young people to find the help they needed with a range of issues such as homelessness, self-harm, bullying and drugs.

Tis free and confidential service supports young people who don’t know where else to turn.
John Schless, director of fundraising and development at Get Connected, said the support of such a large firm was crucial to the ongoing success of the charity.

“We are delighted that Domestic & General is on board and helping us take another step towards ensuring that young people all over the UK can find the most appropriate help and support for their situation, whatever they’re facing.

“With this kind of support we can continue to expand our services and help even more children and young people year on year.”

This year Get Connected launched its Ride 999 challenge with the aim of raising enough money to run the helpline for a year and on 22 May, hundreds of employees from Domestic & General’s Wimbledon office, took part in a host of fundraising activities to raise £655 .

A number nine theme swept the Wimbledon office as ‘first to nine’ ping pong and air hockey tournaments were held alongside the cycling challenge where employees completed 99 miles throughout the day from two fixed exercise bikes kindly supplied by Virgin Active.

A ‘leg line-up auction’ was also held where employees voted for the pair of legs they wanted to see waxed.

Dean Keeling, UK managing director of Domestic & General, said: “This is the first of many fundraising days and initiatives that we will be holding for Get Connected.

“The Ride 999 challenge has been a great start to our relationship with the charity and we would like to thank the generosity of our employees for their fundraising and donations.”

Get Connected offers a 365 day a year service to young people and the charity can be contacted by phone, webchat, email and via their free app. They also offer a searchable online directory of support services. Highly trained volunteers offer emotional support and talk callers through their issues and provide appropriate sources of specialist help from a database of trusted organisations across the country.

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For more information please contact Isabel Dunmore, Ruth Norfolk or Liz Cartwright at Cartwright Communications on 0115 853 2110.

Notes to editors:

Domestic & General provides warranty services for UK and International clients and comprehensive product protection for more than fifteen million customers. We were founded over 100 years ago, and for the past 60 years have been looking after people when their appliances break down. Today our primary focus is on providing product protection for major domestic appliances and consumer electronic products. Together with our manufacturing, retail and financial services clients, we provide warranty services for over 160 major UK and International brands. We manage the whole warranty process, including: customer mailing; contact centres; repair networks; in-house administration; claims handling.