Ben Announces Industry Leader Challenge: The Climb to Take Place in October

Automotive industry charity, Ben, announces that its biggest ever Industry Leader Challenge (ILC) fundraiser, The Climb, is now set to take place from 30th October to 8th November 2021.

In just under six months, a number of leaders and future leaders from a number of renowned automotive industry companies will climb one of the world’s most iconic peaks, Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise £300,000 for Ben.

The challenge was due to take place in October 2020 however it was postponed due to Covid-19.

Ben is also inviting more automotive leaders and aspiring leaders to come forward and take part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Those who are interested in taking part in The Climb can get in touch with Ben’s Director of Partnerships, Engagement & Income, Matt Wigginton, for more information: matt.wigginton@ben.org.uk. Spaces are now limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis!

The ILC challengers confirmed for The Climb so far are as follows:

  • LKQ Euro Car Parts                                       Andy Hamilton and Anthony McAteer
  • Marshall Motor Group                                  Adrian Wallington and Clive McGregor
  • Haymarket                                                       Rachael Prasher and Jim Holder
  • Partners& and Lawgistics                             Leon Bosch and Joel Combes
  • JCT600                                                            John Tordoff and Andy Bateman

Three leaders from Ben will also be taking part in The Climb: Matt Wigginton; Zara Ross, Chief Executive and Rachel Clift, Health & Wellbeing Director.

Fundraising is running throughout 2021 up until March 2022 and will help ensure Ben’s services continue to meet the changing demands of the industry and its people, especially during these challenging times. Each team has a target to raise a minimum of £50,000 by March 2022, through a range of fundraising events and activities.

In six days, from 1st to 6th November, the ILC challengers will climb Kili, the highest free-standing mountain on earth, which is 5,895m tall. Tackling Kili will be physically demanding, mentally challenging, but will fundraise to help ensure no-one in automotive has to face life’s toughest challenges alone. The challengers will trek and climb through five climate zones, ranging from rainforest to alpine desert and glacial Arctic.

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Matt Wigginton said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to climb one of the most iconic peaks in the world, while also doing something incredible to ensure no-one in our industry has to face life’s toughest challenges alone! We all have our own mountains to climb at some point in our lives, so we felt that this challenge was very fitting. Now more than ever, automotive people need Ben – and we need you and your support.

“We are so excited to reach the snow-capped summit of Mount Kilimanjaro with some of the most intrepid leaders in our industry! All money raised through this challenge will help Ben provide much-needed support to those in our industry who are tackling their own personal mountains in life, especially right now.”

The challenge is inspired by Sarah Sillars OBE, who took on Mount Kilimanjaro over 10 years ago, raising an incredible £38,000 for Ben.

The ILC is an epic personal challenge taken on each year by an automotive industry leader (or leaders) to fundraise for Ben. The ILC requires extraordinary personal endeavour that tests the challenger(s) either mentally or physically – or both. After completing a challenge of their choice (either with a team or alone), the challenger then hands the baton over to another industry leader for the following year.

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