Duke of Edinburgh’s charity benefits from XLN Adventure

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XLN Telecom – the UK’s leading provider of telecoms services for small business – has raised £6000 for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Charity. XLN is committed to providing the lowest cost telecom services and highest customer service levels to the UK’s small business community. Founded in 2002, XLN is now the UK’s largest independent provider of telecom services to small businesses in Britain with over 125,000 business customers across the country. 21 members of staff completed a 25 mile endurance test, completing a range of challenges en route and culminating in a raft building and water crossing challenge.

XLN Telecom is proud to help support such a worthwhile charity, which helps hundreds of thousands of young people worldwide gain confidence, self reliance and stretch their abilities, said James Wilson, Head of Marketing.

3 teams from leading telecom provider XLN Telecom have completed The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award ‘Reach for the Peaks Challenge’ and raised over £5000 for the leading youth charity in the process.

Last weekend saw the 21 employees from the London head office navigate their way across a 25 mile route over steep hills, moors and rough terrain whilst completing challenges along the way.

Carrying everything they required for 36 hours, XLN employees camped out in dramatic weather conditions in a remote location of the Peak District. Groups had to use their wit and wisdom to solve team challenges – one of which involved erecting a raft and rowing it successfully around a huge lake straight after they had completed an 8 mile trek. The challenge tested the teams both mentally and physically and required a huge amount of team work.

James Wilson, Head of Marketing, said: “The weekend was hard work but extremely enjoyable. The group from XLN pulled together and embraced the challenges with focus and commitment and were thrilled to complete the challenge. We are delighted to have raised more than £5000 for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, it’s such a worthwhile cause and it was great to see what young people are faced with as they work towards their Awards.”

Rachel Roxburgh, Director of Fundraising, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, was extremely grateful to all the participants who took part in the challenge. She said: “It was a fantastic weekend and I’d like to thank everyone from the XLN Telecom teams who donned their walking boots and braved the elements to take part in this event. It’s a tough challenge and they showed so much enthusiasm and gave over 100 percent which was commendable. It was good to offer just a taste of what 275,000 young people go through each year to achieve their DofE Award. I’d also like to say a huge thank you for the team’s amazing fundraising efforts, the event has raised over £20,000 to help the charity to continue to support these young people and give them a better start in life.”

About XLN
XLN is committed to providing the lowest cost telecom services and highest customer service levels to the UK’s small business community. Founded in 2002, XLN is now the UK’s largest independent provider of telecom services to small businesses in Britain with over 125,000 business customers across the country. In 2007, XLN was ranked as the highest placed telco company in the Sunday Times Tech Track and was listed for a second consecutive year in 2008. In 2009 and 2010, the company was a finalist in the Customer Focus Award category of the National Business Awards. In the same year, XLN achieved CarbonNeutral® status, making it one of the first companies in its sector to earn this certification. 2010 has seen XLN win awards in the Global Business Excellence Awards, Best Company Awards the Federation of Communication Services and nominated as finalists in the Fast Growth Business awards. Christian Nellemann, founder and Group CEO is double winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2006 and now 2010 and the management team were recently listed as a finalist in the ‘best private equity backed management team’ in the British Venture Capital Association Annual Awards.

For further information about this event, please contact:
Amanda Chatterton
Partnerships Manager
T: 0207 227 9802
M: 0758 4470613
E: amanda.chatterton(at)dofe(dot)org

Notes to editors

  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was founded in 1956 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh who remains the Patron. HRH The Earl of Wessex is a Trustee.
  • Over 275,000 young people were taking part in DofE programmes in the UK, supported by 400 partner organisations and over 50,000 adult volunteers from all walks of life. Around 12% of participants are experiencing significant disadvantage.
  • Last year over 182,000 young people started a DofE programme, an increase of 9% from

the previous year.

  • 71,224 achieved a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, an increase of 7% from last year: Bronze: 46,466, Silver: 17,681, Gold: 7,077
  • In total, over 4.3 million people have participated in DofE programmes and achieved almost 1.9 million Awards in the UK since 1956.
  • Through the volunteering part of their programme, young people give their free time to society with a value of over £18.5million per year.
  • A survey, commissioned by the United Learning Trust, with major employers, found that a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is valued more than work experience when selecting employees.
  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a Registered Charity No 1072490 and in Scotland

No SC038254 and a Royal Charter Corporation RC000806.

  • The DofE is run in over 120 countries worldwide, highlighting how the DofE can truly transcend boundaries of race, language, ethnicity and culture.
  • Further information can be found at http://www.DofE.org.

Further information about the DofE
The DofE Charity
Youth charity The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award supports over 275,000 people aged 14-24 every year, including 30,000 from disadvantaged backgrounds. Our ethos is to enable every young person of every background to take part in our programmes and succeed, regardless of any barriers. We help instil a sense of adventure and have a lasting impact on young people’s behaviour, skills and life chances.

Our mission
To inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development and recognise
their achievements.

DofE programmes
Anyone aged between 14 and 24 can do a programme at one of the three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. There are four sections at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold.

  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
  • Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
  • Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK

or abroad.

  • At Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home doing shared activity.

Achieving a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Young people will achieve a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award if they show persistence, commitment and personal development over a period of time. Every activity must be successfully completed and assessed. The result is the world’s leading achievement award for young people, recognised by employers and universities alike.

Where it is run
DofE programmes are delivered under licence by over 400 partners (Operating Authorities) who offer it in 11,356 DofE groups run in centres such as youth clubs, voluntary organisations, schools, colleges, Young Offenders Institutions and businesses, which are run and supported by over 50,000 adult volunteers.

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