Employees from TRW Automotive Aftermarket have raised in excess of £2000 for automotive industry charity BEN, by running, cycling, rowing, X-training and swimming a massive 300 miles; the equivalent of travelling from TRW’s UK Headquarters (HQ) in Shirley, Solihull, to BEN’s HQ in Ascot, Berkshire, three times over.
Thirty five volunteers from TRW’s UK Aftermarket and Original Equipment departments, together with employees from TRW’s research and development arm, Conekt, were joined by representatives from key trade publications, Car and Accessories Trader (CAT) and Professional Motor Mechanic (PMM), to take part in the ‘Clocking up the Miles’ event held on Thursday July 19, 2012 in the gym at the Village Hotel, Shirley.
Organiser and TRW’s UK Marketing Manager, Jon Sellars, commented: “TRW has always supported the great work that BEN does for the industry at large. But times are especially tough at the moment and we all have a number of friends and colleagues who have suffered over the past few years. We really wanted to go that extra mile this time, and I’m pleased and proud to say that everyone really pulled out all the stops.
“Thank you to everyone who took part for giving up your valuable time, as every mile counted; especially to those volunteers who exceeded their own expectations and completed more miles than they were supposed to! The event would not have been possible without the amazing support of the staff at the Village Hotel who not only donated their time and venue free of charge, but who also championed the cause by advertising and marketing the event and the charity around the site in advance of the event and on the day.”
Rob Slater, from BEN, who supported the event on the day, said: “I was totally bowled over by the effort that TRW’s employees put in to raise this spectacular sum for BEN. I was honoured to meet some of the volunteers and would like to thank them all for their contribution. A special thank you goes to Jon for all his hard work in organising the event. I’m sure it was no mean feat to get so many people to give up their time to take part. The money raised will go towards providing care, support and advice to those in our industries who need our help in times of hardship or distress.”
“We 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 our centres provides high quality care so that we can continue to look after older people in our communities. A number of our centres also offer sheltered accommodation.”
He concluded: “It costs approximately £11million each year for BEN to continue its vital work within our industries, and it’s only thanks to the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to do so.”