Funding what we do
Ben exists to provide support for life to the people of the automotive industry and we can’t do this without the ongoing support of the industry and its people. The generous donations we receive from our corporate partners and individuals who fundraise on Ben’s behalf, enable us to provide life-changing support for industry colleagues and their family dependants, as they face life’s toughest challenges.
Over 250 companies provide Ben with much-needed funds so we can support automotive industry people. We are very grateful to each and every company for their loyal, continued support in what has been a challenging year for many sectors.
As part of our five-year strategy we have started to change our approach to fundraising so we aren’t overly-reliant in any one area. Building on a base of traditional payroll giving and one-off donations we are looking to introduce new, exciting opportunities for individuals who work in the industry to show their support for Ben and to help us help their friends and colleagues. This is because, in the automotive industry, ‘we look after our own’.
At the end of last year we launched our new range of fundraising challenge events, called Bring It On 4 Ben, which has captured the imagination of hundreds of people and teams from the industry who will take on a challenge to help others overcome theirs in 2019. From climbing Kilimanjaro to running a marathon, trekking to exotic locations to completing a wingwalk or a skydive, there is something for everyone and we are very excited about the amazing response we have had so far!
Hats on 4 Ben continues to be a big success, by not only raising much-needed funds for Ben, but also by raising awareness about mental health issues in the industry, encouraging people to talk. Now in its fourth year, the event continues to grow, enabling Ben to help industry colleagues with issues like anxiety and depression.
Bangers 4 Ben is an epic road trip to a different location in Europe each year, in a ‘banger’ that has been decaled and decorated in a particular theme. In 2018, a convoy of teams in questionable bangers and wacky outfits travelled on a mammoth route starting in Weybridge, before travelling through France, Germany, Belgium and ending at Rockingham Motor Speedway. They crossed countries, climbed mountain passes and saw some fantastic sights. At the end of the event, the cars were sent to auction for Ben.
Ben Ball is our flagship fundraising event of the year, offering the perfect opportunity for guests to celebrate the year with colleagues, network in style and help us continue to provide life-changing support to those in need.
After 70 years at the Grosvenor House on Park Lane, Ben Ball 2019 is being held at the iconic Roundhouse in Camden on 11th December. Ben Ball 2019 is set to be an unforgettable Christmas experience, with spectacular entertainment and delicious food. If you haven’t already - find out more and book your tickets now at www.ben.org.uk/benball.
Andy Bruce, CEO of Lookers, was handed the baton for the third annual Industry Leader Challenge. The chosen challenge, called ‘Lookers Electric Charge’, involved teams driving across the UK using only electric and hybrid cars and visiting all 155 of the group’s dealerships, from Charles Hurst in Dublin to the final stop at Mercedes-Benz of Eastbourne.
This fundraising total is the highest reached in the three-year history of the Industry Leader Challenge. Andy handed the baton to Jon Wakefield, who heads up Volvo’s Swedish national sales company; Tim Tozer, CEO of Allianz Partners UK & Ireland and Darren Guiver, Managing Director of Group 1 Automotive. These three leaders took on the 2019 challenge called the Epic Thames Waterbike Ride to raise much-needed funds for Ben. Click here to find out more about Industry Leader Challenge.
We’ve been blown away by the support we’ve been given by all of our partners in the industry, but a special mention goes to TrustFord after their Breakout for Ben initiative raised such a significant sum of money! In December last year, 52 TrustFord teams set off in fancy dress from their Fleet Distribution Centre in Long Marston to see how far they could travel in 25 hours, to raise funds for Ben. Some teams reached places as far afield as Italy, Romania and Latvia.