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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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Ben, the not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life to its people and their families, has released figures showing a 50% rise in people contacting the organisation about their mental health. During October to December 2016, mental health concerns accounted for 20% of total enquiries, in comparison to 10% from July to September 2016.

During the quarter, mental health was the second biggest reason why people contacted Ben for help, compared with the previous quarter when concerns about physical health featured the most. This is believed to be due to increased awareness raised during Ben’s mental health campaign period, from October to December 2016, which culminated in the organisation’s first ever national industry fundraising event, Hats on 4 Mental Health Day.

The Impact report also shows that over half (52%) of requests for help were from people concerned about their finances, an increase on last quarter’s figure, 49%. During the quarter, Ben’s payroll giving team visited 148 dealerships, delivered 748 presentations to 2,761 employees in the industry, resulting in a total of £26,000 new payroll pledges. Ben’s thanks go to all those who are supporting the organisation’s work in this way.

To view the full update online, click here.

Zara Ross, Ben’s Chief Executive, said: “Our latest quarterly Impact update outlines the reasons why people contacted Ben during October to December last year. We believe our Hats on 4 Mental Health campaign highlighted that it’s OK to talk about mental health and that we’re here to listen, so this was why we received a significant increase in requests for help. This confirms just how important Ben’s wellbeing campaigns are in raising awareness and of course it highlights how Ben’s services can support industry colleagues.

“As ever, these updates provide powerful data that informs the industry of the key issues affecting its workforce. Financial health continues to be the biggest concern for our industry’s people and the numbers of these enquiries grow every quarter. Ben is an integral partner to companies in the industry, using the information from our reports to provide the relevant training and advice services to employees. We are helping equip both managers and employees with the tools they need to stay fit for business and fit for life, therefore adding value to the industry by reducing absence, improving productivity and raising morale.

“We also provide this information directly to Ben’s supporters as it helps them stay informed about our work which they generously support. Without our supporters, we wouldn’t be able to provide these vital services to those who really need them. Thank you for your support.”


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