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Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has announced it will once again be hosting its Team Golf Challenge, which will take place on July 5 at Worsley Park, Nr Manchester, and 10 August at Forest of Arden in Meriden, Warwickshire in aid of automotive trade charity, BEN.

IAAF supports BEN throughout the year by holding a variety of fundraising events including its upcoming annual cricket event on June 22 at Dorridge Cricket club near Solihull.

The federation’s annual awards dinner, held in December, recently raised more than £6000 on the night from guests.

The cost per team (four players) will be £325 +vat and will include:

  • Bacon Sandwich and coffee / tea on arrival
  • 18 holes of golf
  • Evening meal served after golf
  • Presentation of prizes to the winners on the day

Individual entries are also accepted at a cost of £85+vat per player.

The Company Team Challenge will be a four-ball format whereby the best two scores on each hole will score, and on all par three holes all four scores will count. The overall winning team across the two days’ play will be invited to the IAAF’s Annual Dinner and will be presented with their prizes.

Sponsorship opportunities are sold out at Forest of Arden, but the following remain for Worsley Park:

  • Nearest the Pin                                            £100 + cost of trophy (c. £50)
  • Longest drive                                               £100 + cost of trophy (c. £50)
  • Light refreshments sponsor                         £100


BEN is a charity exclusively available to those who work, or have worked, in the automotive industry, as well as their family dependents.

The golf events are already set to be hugely popular and those interested are encouraged to waste no time in signing up by contacting the IAAF head office:


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Ben, the not-for-profit that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life to its people and their families, has been delighted to receive a generous donation from Toyota (GB) PLC, by way of a brand new 4×4.

The Toyota Land Cruiser was recently gifted to Ben’s Birch Hill Care Centre in Berwick-upon-Tweed and has been used to transport its older residents to hospital appointments, as well as helping staff travel to work in winter weather conditions.

Zara Ross, Chief Executive at Ben, said: “It’s fantastic that our Birch Hill Care Centre has received a gift which has been of so much practical value to both our staff and residents. The car has given the centre a lifeline in the winter weather conditions we have been experiencing. It has allowed us to ensure the smooth and safe running of the centre as we have used it to transport our staff to work as well as getting our residents to their hospital appointments.

“Without the support of our industry, we wouldn’t be able to keep providing a vital lifeline to those who need our help. We are supported by our partners in the automotive industry and we are extremely grateful for this generous donation from Toyota (GB) PLC which has meant so much to our care centre.”

Alan Jennings, Manager CSR at Toyota (GB) PLC, said: “Toyota is delighted to contribute towards the great support Ben provides the industry.  Helping ensure ongoing mobility, in all weathers, is vital and the provision of a suitable vehicle is a practical way we can help.”


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GSF Car Parts’ long-serving Poole Branch Manager Paul Snook has been stepping up his training ahead of the London Marathon on 23rd April, after opting to enter the gruelling race to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Research Centre.

Paul started running just three years ago but has quickly progressed from fun runs, up to 5 km, then 10 km and even half marathons. The London Marathon he readily admits will be the ‘ultimate challenge’.

Explaining his motivation for race Paul said: “15 years ago, I lost my Mum and have recently lost my Aunt, both to cancer. It’s a disease that has greatly affected my family.

“Prostate cancer is one of the less publicised but can be one of the most aggressive forms and it’s affected my father. He is very fortunate in that he has been able to survive this but there are many men that continue to fight this disease, supported by the fantastic work that they do at the Prostate Cancer Research Centre.”

Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men, with 40,000 new cases each year in the UK. Men over 50 have a 1 in 8 chance of developing prostate cancer and the risk of developing the cancer, caused by random genetic changes, rises with age.

Anyone wishing to support Paul can make a donation at


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