Our partnership with Carphone Warehouse was established in 2001, when the company decided to make a big difference to a small charity, and Get Connected was in need of better premises for the helpline. We moved into offices in their West London centre, and have enjoyed their support ever since.
Get Connected and Carphone Warehouse have a unique relationship that was recognised in 2003 by the Charity Times Corporate Partnership Award and in 2006 by the Third Sector Excellence Award for Corporate Partnership.
"All donations we receive, no matter what amount, make a really important contribution towards supporting our vital Helpline Service for young people under 25."
Sir Charles Dunstone, Chairman of Get Connected
Sir Charles Dunstone, founder and Group CEO of Carphone Warehouse, is Get Connected's Chairman. Andrew Harrison, CEO of Carphone Warehouse Ltd, sits on Get Connected's Board of Trustees. Both have been invaluable in mobilising their company in support of Get Connected. Here are a few ways in which Carphone Warehouse helps Get Connected:
- Week long fundraising activity across stores and support centres
- Employee fundraising, including overseas treks, sponsored events such as the London 10K run and payroll giving
- A nationwide mobile phone recycling programme
- Organisation of the annual Get Connected/Carphone Warehouse auction
- Office space, equipment and IT support
- Marketing and PR opportunities
- Employee volunteers on Get Connected's helpline
Get Connected Week 2012
Carphone Warehouse’s annual fundraising week for Get Connected raised an incredible £63,040.36 for Get Connected! Employees from across the country took part in the tablet relay, dressed as superheroes and got involved in all sorts of fundraising to make this Carphone Warehouse’s most successful fundraising week to date! Thank you to all of the Carphone Warehouse superstars involved.
Retail Leadership Team Three Peaks Challenge
As part of Get Connected week, the Retail Leadership Team (Anthony, Ed, Justin, Paul, Barrie and Gill) took on the Three Peaks Challenge and won! Battling torrential rain, blisters and a flat tyre they climbed (and travelled between) the highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales in 24 hours – a challenge not for the fainthearted! They raised an amazing £50,771.15 for Get Connected.
Treks and Challenges
Carphone Warehouse employees are a brave bunch and have eagerly taken on challenges all over the country from skydives to 10k runs to a Kenya trek all in aid of Get Connected. Thank you to all Carphone Warehouse treks and challeges participants for their ongoing enthusiasm….and bravery! If you'd be interested in channelling your inner-daredevil and challenging yourself for Get Connected, click here - we dare you!