Automotive charity BEN receives raffle donations from WMS Group

Having been a supporter of BEN for many years, the WMS Group were delighted to be of assistance when the BEN team were looking for prizes for their raffles to be held at the summer fetes in June and July this year.

BEN is the automotive industry charity caring for those who work or have worked in the motor and allied trades and their close dependants in times of hardship or distress. Providing practical, emotional and financial support alongside financial grants, BEN help people who work in the manufacturing, sales and maintenance of cars, motorcycles, bicycles, commercial vehicles, caravans and agricultural machinery sectors alongside part suppliers. Additionally, they help people in insurance, leasing, recovery and logistics organisations as well as the petroleum and lubricants industries.

Like most charities, their day-to-day work is varied and therefore each project requires a different approach. This could mean that they’d help with the cost of specialist disabled equipment for your child, give emotional support through an illness or fund a respite break for you and your partner – helping in whatever way they can.

BEN also have four residential centres around the country, offering a range of services from nursing to end of life care. In addition, BEN owns and runs the UK’s first workplace day care centre, based in Coventry. Each of the centres provides high quality care so that they can continue to look after the elderly in the communities.

The summer fetes held at the care centres in Birch Hill, Berwick-on-Tweed (Sunday June 26th) and Alexandra House, Southport (Saturday 23rd July) are each expected to see around 200 people and all proceeds will go towards improvements and projects at the centres, an example of which includes the Birch Hill care centre, having an enclosed courtyard which could provide the perfect safe and secure outside space for residents once redeveloped. To support the fetes, the WMS Group have agreed to donate 2x Autoglym Red Valet Cases each with a retail price of over £60 each in Halfords.

Steph Colinswood, Marketing Manager of the WMS Group commented: “BEN already has a fantastic network of supporters, including Car Dealer magazine, Kwik-Fit, Autocar, RAC and the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), alongside the industry manufacturers and retailers. It costs approximately £11million each year for BEN to continue its vital work within the industries and it’s only because of the generosity of their supporters that they’re able to do so – the Valet Cases are just a little something from us which helps to show our support to such a worthy cause!”

Other donators have included FMG Fleet Management who have donated 2x rounds of golf or a lesson with pro golfer Dan Thomas, alongside Safefleet having provided two motoring safety kits.

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