The recent 2016 Autoinform Live show was responsible for raising an impressive £1,800 for automotive industry charity BEN during its glitzy evening gala dinner. With raffle tickets on sale throughout the first day of the show, 500 guests joined the show’s OESAA organisers for Saturday’s evening event which took place at the Molineux Stadium, home of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.
BEN would love everyone to help them raise funds for the worthwhile cause of supporting colleagues with mental health challenges. In line with their new mental health campaign which was launched on World Mental Health Day, they are raising funds for BEN to support colleagues facing mental health challenges. The ‘Hats on 4 Mental Health Day’ on Thursday 10 November is a great way for colleagues to have some fun and raise money at the same time by making a £1 donation to wear their favourite hat to work for the day.
The Fellowship of the Motor Industry (FMI) has launched a new bursary, designed to assist motor industry trainees, students and apprentices through their studies. The three year bursary will form part of a sponsorship package with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI). Funds to be provided by the FMI will contribute to the cost of training, books and other learning materials and expenses to help trainees manage the costs of their study.
Garage Equipment Association members recently raised £2500 for BEN at their annual Charity Golf Day. The event, which has been running for over 20 years was set up to allow GEA members and non-members to network whilst raising money for charity.
David Main has retired as chief executive officer of BEN, and the non-profit organisation supporting those employed in the automotive industry has named Zara Ross his successor. Ross brings over 30 years of experience in the charity sector to her new role; most recently, she served as director of transformation and development at the St Monica Trust, a body that provides accommodation, care and support for older people in the south west of England.
The annual BEN cricket match, co-sponsored by FPS and Comma and supported by the IAAF, successfully took place Thursday 23 June at Dorridge Cricket club near Solihull, raising money for those in need within the independent aftermarket.
The inaugural Automechanika Birmingham exhibition, to be held at the NEC, will be supporting BEN, the automotive industry charity. The event organisers will provide BEN with stand space free of charge and will support the organisation’s fund raising and awareness-building efforts with additional related facilities throughout the show.
BEN, the automotive industry benevolence charity, is to close the Alexandra House care home in Southport. The closure is said to be due to the relative incompatibility of the building with the increasing frailty of residents and the infeasibility of improvements. The news was met with disappointment from sections of the tyre industry especially NTDA members in the North West, who have been particularly supportive of Alexandra House for decades. No decisions have yet been made about whether or not BEN will establise a replacement care home located in the North West or not.
The IAAF annual BEN Cricket Match, co-sponsored by FPS and Comma, has been announced and will take place on Thursday 23 June at Dorridge Cricket Club near Solihull, with hopes to raise as much money as possible for the automotive industry charity.
BCA Blackbushe will be staging a special sale on Friday, 30 October to raise money for automotive industry charity BEN. All the competing cars from the annual Car Dealer Bangers4BEN Rally will be offered and sold, with all the proceeds going directly to BEN. The sale is scheduled to commence at 13.15.
Telematics expert, Tracker (part of the Tantalum Corporation) is getting behind BEN’s annual fundraising car rally Bangers4BEN for the very first time. To celebrate its support, Tracker is fitting complimentary battery-operated fleet telematics units to every car taking part. Friends, family and rival competitors will be able to keep track of the progress of participating teams here.
The Independent Garage Association (IGA) will be taking part in this year’s Bangers 4 BEN charity challenge in aid of BEN.
The event which kicks off on 10 -13 October will see Ian Ramsden and Terry Gibson driving the course of the UK, France, Germany and Belgium in an Audi A4 – donated by In Town Automotive in Northampton, which will then be auctioned off at the end of the event.
The IAAF has concluded its most popular summer golf day programme ever with one golfer achieving a hole in one. IAAF golf events at Worsley Park, Nr. Manchester and Forest of Arden, Meriden, Warwickshire were in support of industry charity BEN and more than 20 company teams took part.