BEN offers support to automotive flood victims
UK automotive industry charity BEN has extended its support for colleagues in the business. As the devastation caused as a result of the extraordinary series of weather storms in the UK continues, BEN said it recognises the likelihood that members of the automotive community are extremely likely to be amongst those being challenged by the experience. Commenting on the situation BEN’s chief operating officer Nigel Rothband said: “The prolonged damage caused by these events will be placing severe physical and emotional stress on those affected, and we are desperate to ensure that anyone connected to our automotive industry community knows that we are on hand to offer our care and support.
“We cannot solve the long-term problem; sadly we cannot throw millions at it to make it go away, but we can what we can do is to provide short term immediate support including financial assistance, where needed.
“Obviously, some people will have been unable to work and will have incurred additional costs in trying to protect themselves and their properties – where these factors have caused short term financial hardship we may be able to assist depending on the circumstances of the individual. Many will be covered by insurance, which should always be the first port of call, but for those who are vulnerable and do not have cover, or remain unsupported by other agencies we can, and will, respond to immediate need. Whether those affected just needing someone to off load too, advice on temporary accommodation or financial assistance– we are here to help. I would urge any automotive person who is distressed or suffering to get in touch.”
In addition to actively encouraging those affected to get in touch the charity is also contacting existing beneficiaries, in affected areas, to find out if they need our help. Many older people in these circumstances will have been unable to get out and therefore missed out on normal social contact, or they may simply be more anxious and need some reassurance. BEN said it is determined to support these individuals and can also offer support to those people needing help to complete their insurance forms.