Generous employees at appliance care firm Domestic & General have been pushing themselves to the limit by running, cycling and more to raise an impressive £140,000 for its chosen national charity The Mix (formerly Get Connected) this year.
Employees across Domestic & General’s four UK offices in Wimbledon, Nottingham, Brighton and Bedworth have been putting in the hours 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 multi-channel information and support service for young people under 25, to continue its vital work.
Caroline Huggett, UK HR director at Domestic & General, said: “This is a huge achievement and I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our staff and those who gave generously to help us raise this sum.
“Each day we are there for our customers when they need us most to take the worry out of breakdowns, and this year we have put our all into helping our chosen national charity, The Mix, 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.”
Domestic & General’s Ride 999 challenge saw employees across its UK offices use pedal power to do a sponsored static bike ride in the office while six of its employees also took 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 the firm raise £120,000 alone. Domestic & General 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 Mix helpline say their lives have improved after contacting the charity.
Chris Martin, CEO of The Mix, said: “Domestic & General has been hugely supportive of The Mix throughout our year-long partnership. It’s incredible that the dedicated staff have raised £140k to support our essential work. This year we have reached 1.7 million under 25s through our helpline, counselling service and digital services. Next year we hope to reach 2 million, this donation will help us to achieve that.”