Chandler Communications of Northampton is launching a charity campaign that sees the company take in old mobile phones and turn them into cash to help the homeless.
The campaign – called Phone To Home – launches on Wednesday 1st May and the team at Chandler Communications are calling on the local business community to get involved.
Essentially, the campaign will work in the same way as a mobile recycling website. People will donate any old mobile phone handsets to the team at Chandler Communications and they will recycle them and receive a payment. These payments will all go to Northampton Hope Centre to support it in the provision of practical services that help people survive poverty and homelessness.
The team wanted to do something to help Northampton Hope Centre after attending the Northamptonshire SME Business Awards last year, at which the company picked up the award for Best Customer Service for the third consecutive year. Northampton Hope Centre gave a talk at the event, during which the room was told that the charity had to leave its premises within 12 months, and it needed to raise around £300,000 for new premises.
“We were touched by the presentation at the awards,” said James Ryan, sales director at Chandler Communications. “Homelessness is prevalent in Northampton and charity begins at home. We are a Northampton-based business keen to do something to help. We know that most people - particularly businesses - have old mobile phones laying around in drawers that can be turned into money to help support Northampton Hope Centre.”
The team at Chandler Communications have also donated mobile phones for the staff at Northampton Hope Centre to use.
"It is incredibly generous of Chandler Communications to think of supporting Northampton Hope Centre in this way,” said Noo Jarvill, corporate engagement at Northampton Hope Centre.
“We are delighted to be involved with in this campaign. At the Hope Centre we see up to 140 homeless and disadvantaged people a day for breakfast and lunch and offer them food, showers, clean underwear and activities. Whilst our service users are under our roof, our casework team works with anyone who needs help, whether it be learning how to write or work experience with a local company. Our aim is to give a hand up rather than a hand out.
“We are so grateful for Chandler Communicat-ions’ support - the money raised will go directly to helping those who need it most in Northampton."
Chandler Communications has been based in Northampton for more than 30 years. It was established in 1986 and started its life installing car phones. As technology has evolved, so has the list of services offered by the company. Chandler Communications now specialises in providing bespoke communications packages to businesses including everything from mobiles, VOIP phones and broadband to vehicle tracking and handsfree accessories. The business has also diversified to offer gas and electricity to its business clients too.
The company was set up by Perry Chandler, who is still MD today, and now has a team of eight people. Over the years, the business has developed a strong relationship with all of the major mobile phone networks and can pass benefits on to its clients.
“We have reached a stage in the business where we have achieved growth but are still small enough to care,” said James. “We have won awards for our customer service because we are different. We proactively manage accounts and provide a local, personal touch that our clients appreciate. By forming long term relationships with our clients and partners, we can give specialist, hands-on advice.”
Businesses or individuals interested in donating mobile phones to the Phone To Home campaign can contact James on 01604 880507 or email@example.com. Handsets must be in a usable condition and able to switch on, and the team are happy to collect them from businesses in Northampton. For more information on Chandler Communications, go to www.chandlercomms.co.uk. For more information on Northampton Hope Centre, visit www.northamptonhopecentre.org.uk