Press Release | 08 Sep 2015


Employees at Vodafone UK’s headquarters in Newbury proved they have what it takes, winning the prestigious Star Partnership Award at Norwood’s 2015 Annual Volunteering Awards, recognising excellence in volunteering.

The charity, which supports vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and adults with learning disabilities, relies on more than 1,000 volunteers every year.

Over the last year, 175 dedicated Vodafone staff have contributed a staggering 1,500 hours of their time to volunteer at Ravenswood in Crowthorne, which provides residential care, supported living accommodation and leisure and learning opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

The volunteers spent their time and energy renovating stables, laying concrete, painting and decorating and building a chicken coop. Working together they even transformed an overgrown patch of woodland into a local beauty spot.

The award ceremony was held at London’s Royal Society of Chemistry on Wednesday 2 September, with the judging panel made up of Rachael Davis-Stollar, Ashley Sweetland MBE, Lady Hazel Cosgrove, Ronnie Harris and Judy Lee.

Chair of the judging panel Rachel Davis-Stollar praised the team’s commitment, saying: “It’s not just the hard graft, it’s the fact that these groups relish working alongside the people Norwood supports. They see first hand the life changing nature of the work the charity does and this insight is invaluable when it comes to spreading the word.”

Accepting the award on behalf of Vodafone, Darren Shrubb, Business Operations Manager, Technology Enterprise Services, said: “To have won the award in the Star Partnership category and being up against a couple of really good organisations really is fantastic. Volunteering is amazing, not just on the day, but because of the long-term team bonding that you get. It’s a really good opportunity to strengthen those bonds within your team as well as giving something back to the community.”

The charity’s film of the event can be found here.

About Vodafone UK

Vodafone UK is a technology communications company that connects people, businesses and devices to help our customers benefit from digital innovation. Our services span mobile, fixed-line connections, home and office broadband, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

We have a strong track record as a tech pioneer, making the UK’s first mobile phone call, sending the first text message, and making the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G in 2018. We were the first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester and now have 5G in locations across Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain as well as the UK. Meanwhile, our 4G network coverage currently reaches over 99% of the UK population.

Today, Vodafone serves more than 18 million mobile and fixed-line customers in the UK. Vodafone is the largest provider of full fibre in the UK – our superfast broadband services are now available to nearly 12 million homes across the UK.

Sustainability is also at the heart of what we do: as of 1 July 2021, 100% of the grid electricity we use in the UK is certified to be from renewable sources.

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