Top 10 Motor Retail Group, Marshall Motor Group, has donated a fantastic £50,000 to industry charity Ben for its Christmas Appeal. Ben is the charity dedicated to supporting the people of the automotive industry, providing support for life for them and their family dependents.
Ben has seen a massive increase in demand for support during the last 18 months (which will continue well into 2022) as more people turn to the charity with issues ranging from mental and physical health to poverty, domestic abuse, homelessness and more.
Zara Ross, Ben Chief Executive said “While everyone continues to deal with the aftermath of Covid-19, it has been encouraging to see the positive bounce-back enjoyed by much of our industry this year. However, we know that many of our automotive family – the people our industry relies on – are struggling or in crisis as they continue to face life’s toughest challenges.
I am proud that together, through the pandemic, we have shown that whenever any member of our automotive family is struggling, we all rally to support them. The Christmas Appeal provides a tangible way that organisations can pledge their support and make a difference.”
Daksh Gupta, Marshall Motor Group’s Chief Executive said “Undoubtedly Covid-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the health and wellbeing of the automotive workforce. Increasing numbers of people are turning to Ben because they are struggling with mental health issues and other life challenges including bereavement. This donation of £50,000 is our appreciation of the fabulous work that Ben do – and to ensure that they are able to support everyone who turns to them for help.”
Daksh continued “It has been said before but the automotive industry is like a family – we have to look after each other. Many of Ben’s fundraising events having fallen victim to cancellation and Marshall’s pledge will help industry colleagues and their families who may be struggling. With fundraising income still impacted by Covid-19, Ben fears it will face the prospect of not being able to help everyone in need and behalf of our 5,500 colleagues I am delighted and proud to able to make this donation.”
Ben supports individuals to navigate through life’s challenges, empowering them to make positive, lasting change. Ben works with people to improve their lives by enhancing their health and wellbeing through its free and confidential online self-help, helpline and support services. Find out more by visiting https://ben.org.uk/