KEEPING YOU IN TOUCH WITH YOUR CHARITY
In this issue… Meet cheery Charlie
BENergy is on track to raise £20,000 for BEN
Payroll Giving is easy with BEN – are you contributing?
the helped BEN has om family fr Murray Ireland Northern
Trevor’s NY Marathon triumph
BEN: Building Bridges Last summer, members of the BEN team travelled to Northern Ireland to help raise the charity’s profile. The team visited a number of dealer groups, all of whom provided vehicles to help them travel around. AA Patrolman Eddie Burns also helped by driving one team member to sites across Belfast. The
Football champs are no fantasy
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e to th Wherever the team visited they were an e v e given a warm reception and ryone k they met in managed to collect funds along the Northe way. The Northern Irish IMI hosted an Ireland rn entertaining quiz night, where the team Ed Lindsay of Lindsay Ford was presented with a cheque for £250, – one of our generous sponsors raised at events during the year as well family would be eligible for as on the night. Herbie Harkness from the help. The welfare department Ulster Motoring Trades’ Golfing Society quickly made contact with John and also presented a cheque, as he has Angela Murray, whose eight year-old continued to do for the past 29 years. daughter Niamh suffers from Rett The team would like to thank everyone syndrome – a rare neurological disorder. that they met in Northern Ireland for their our Niamh cannot walk unaided, and has valuable support. limited communication and hand The team visited lots of sites, making function skills. Angela has given up work presentations on Payroll Giving and as Niamh needs 24-hour care, and she increasing awareness about the services also looks after the rest of the family. BEN offers. On one visit, a member of the audience asked if a member of his continued on page 3 >
Why not jump out of a plane for BEN?
Win a Harley Davidson in National Draw
A fresh look for the future In March we were once again proud to be awarded a 5* rating for the third year running for the care we are providing at Alexandra House in Southport.
An ea everyo sy way for ne to s how th suppor eir t is by taking part in Natio BEN We nal ek (see p.1 1)
This type of accolade is a regular occurrence at BEN’s centres thanks to our dedicated staff who focus not just on giving our residents a place to live, but making it their home. During the past year BEN has faced difficult times due to changes in the industry, such as factory closures and dealer consolidation. As a result we are anticipating ending the year with a deficit of £500,000. While we are doing everything possible to look for new sources of funding, we have had to reduce costs and this has meant identifying efficiencies in everything we do. The hardest decision we have had to make was closing the palliative care unit at Alexandra House. Unfortunately the cost of delivering this service far exceeded what the NHS and local authority were prepared to pay, but the beds have been converted to full nursing care. Our current situation means that our focus for the next year has to be on extending the profile of the charity and developing new avenues of support.
We have taken the decision to re-brand so we will be recognised more easily by those who need our help. This re-branding will be implemented over a period of time to reduce costs. In securing the future of BEN we know that as committed supporters you already do a lot for us but we need you to help us find other people who will be equally committed. We need to dramatically increase payroll giving – so if you have a colleague who isn’t supporting BEN then please ask them to do so. Thank you for your continued support, whether it be raising awareness, Payroll Giving, fundraising or donating – BEN needs your help.
Gerard Barclay, Chief Executive
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Meet cheery Charlie ght ’s ei n e H or ie. harl t was b ture C s i u a This rs old b prem yea months had to e s thre and ha e some s acle rcom ove ve obst t si or mas n his sh i life.
“It was an am az break away a ing nd it helped us all. Thank you so much! , so ” Charlie with dad Matthew
Charlie has Autistic Spectrum Disorder, is chronically asthmatic, suffers frequent vomiting, constant glue ear, a problem with his optic nerve and due to a congenital problem, one of his thighs is larger than the other. As if this wasn’t enough, he has recently been diagnosed with nocturnal epilepsy. But Heidi, Charlie’s mum, says he never complains and is one of life’s smilers. Charlie’s condition doesn’t just affect him, it places strain on his mum Heidi and dad, Matthew. At various times one of them has had to give up work to provide the level of care he needs, and to take him to hospital appointments. Eighteen months ago the family were really suffering. Both Heidi and Matthew had lost close relatives and incurred extra expense in travelling to be with their family. Heidi has ME and was suffering from stress. Their finances, already stretched from having only one income and needing specialist clothing for Charlie, were at breaking point. They were pointed in the direction of BEN and thanks to our support, the family are now getting back on track.
We provided emotional support and financial assistance towards the cost of travelling to hospital appointments. The biggest thing we did was fund a respite break for them. They took Charlie to Alton Towers and, as you can see from the photos, the trip did them the world of good. Heidi wrote: “It was an amazing break away and it helped us all. Thank you so, so much! It certainly feels like we are getting back on track. “We are always aware that had it not been for BEN, then Charlie would not have had that wonderful time at Alton Towers. You can see from the photos how happy he is, and that’s down to BEN! It was the best feeling in the world to see him so amazed by the magic of the place. Thank you again.” It is always satisfying to receive a letter like this as it recognises the contribution you, our supporters, make.
Continued from page 1 The Murrays recently moved into a bungalow to make life easier, but increasing their mortgage has made finances tight. The family cherish spending time together, and their one regret was that Niamh couldn’t join family bike rides. A special trike would enable Niamh to get mobile, but at £2,950 it was beyond their means. BEN awarded a grant, but couldn’t cover the entire cost, so Niamh’s welfare officer wrote to other charities, encouraging them to help and managed to secure full funding. One provided a grant for medical supplies and helped pay off some of the family’s debts. Part of the valuable work our welfare officers do often includes opening doors to other avenues of support, so our funds can go further – ensuring we can help more families like Niamh’s.
Thank you, FPS BEN Midlands Regional Manager Michelle Lloyd is pictured accepting a cheque from Sally Nightingale, Marketing Services Manager at FPS Automotive Parts Distribution which raised £2,662.50 from a series of golf days held during 2006. Our thanks go to everyone at FPS.
Hole in one! It appears golf days were all the rage at the latter part of last year, which was great news for BEN as so many companies chose it as an opportunity to raise funds for us. One such organisation was The Warranty Company UK in Luton, who raised £250 from a table collection at the dinner following their day on the green. Thank you to everyone involved. Pictured above: Les McLaughlin, Director of The Warranty Company, celebrates with BEN Regional Manager Mary Herdman
It’s fête season at BEN’s Centres so if you’re in the area then why not come along and join in the fun? Lynwood Fête and Paul Finn Vintage Car Rally – Saturday 30 June Birch Hill Fête – Sunday 8 July Town Thorns Fête and Car Boot Sale – Sunday 5 August
WEATHER LOTTERY IS A WINNER The BEN Weather Lottery has generated its first £10,000 jackpot winner. The fun lotto has only been running for a year, but has raised more than £3,500 in charitable income and over 50 per cent of those playing have had a win! While our lucky winner wishes to remain anonymous, we can tell you they have been a supporter of BEN for many years. The BEN Weather Lottery operates from Monday to Thursday, giving you the chance of winning four times a week. As a special bonus, this year the Weather Lottery operators are offering the opportunity of winning a special one-off jackpot prize of £100,000 on Friday 3 August. You can help raise funds for BEN and have the chance to become a winner yourself for just 25p per day, so why not sign up now? Log onto www.ben.org.uk and click on the Weather Lottery icon.
BEN TAKES POLE POSITION The team from APG Volkswagen took the title at the BENergy Karting Championships in October 2006, after a gripping grand 4
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final at the JM Kartsports track in Brandon, Lincolnshire, where 19 teams battled it out in a two-hour endurance race. Bentley’s Team Barnato
came second and the Unipart Auto team, which was also named top fundraiser for its fantastic sum of £5,300, was placed third. The event raised
Light at the end of the tunnel This is Suzanne, who has recently turned her life around thanks to BEN’s help. Previously she was in an unhappy marriage and struggling to cope with her illnesses and disabilities. Concerned about how she would cope if she had to have an operation, she rang BEN for advice.
Fiona Gorman from BEN’s Welfare team listened to her story and when Suzanne said she needed r, a more supportive save e e f i l environment, Fiona pointed is a as lik out that she would be eligible “BEN here w he t ing for sheltered housing at com ving from to Lynwood. Suzanne visited the n mo ess i flats and decided she would arkn ght.” d i like to move in. Welfare helped the l with the move and Suzanne was given a warm welcome. Although she has been in and out of hospital, Suzanne is very relaxed and happy at Lynwood. “BEN is a life saver,” she says. “Coming here was like moving from the darkness into the light.” Suzanne is so delighted with her new life, she contributes daily to BEN by doing voluntary work with the fundraising department, the therapy department and by organising social events for residents. Suzanne really is part of the BEN family. She is looking forward to the organised holiday for residents from the flats at Town Thorns and Lynwood in October. Look out for the story in the next edition of BEN News.
ON YER BIKE! Last September three fit AA Roadside Patrolmen, Richard Pearce, Byron Rowlands and John Boobyer, got on their bikes for seven days and cycled 500 miles from the Blackpool Tower to the Eiffel Tower, raising much-needed funds for BEN. Now, we aren’t suggesting everyone can take on a commitment of this scale, but how about organising a one-day sponsored cycle ride for your colleagues in the countryside near you? Or perhaps you’d prefer to take part in an event that’s already been organised? BEN has a number of guaranteed places in the Manchester to Liverpool (Sunday 17 June) and Manchester to Blackpool (Sunday 8 July) bike rides. Get in touch with Adam Hanrahan, BEN Volunteer Co-ordinator, on 01344 294719 or email email@example.com and he can help you get involved in supporting BEN in this way. We will also supply sponsor forms and information to help with your fundraising campaign.
Richard, Byron and John reach the finish
more than £20,000 for BEN. Our thanks go to all members of BENergy for staging such a successful event and to all those who took part. If you’re interested in taking on the BENergy Karting Championship challenge this year, then why not enter your own team? For more information contact Kelly Neal on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01344 294720. Spring 2007
Make all the difference through regular giving Automotive companies from across the UK have taken advantage of the Small to Medium Enterprise Scheme – a shortterm Government initiative to boost income for charity – by giving staff the opportunity to support BEN through payroll donations. The scheme ran from April 2005 until March 2007, and each company participating also qualified for a grant to meet set-up costs. The majority of those who championed BEN kindly donated this to us. Thanks to those individuals and companies who pledged their support, £68,000 has been raised in additional funds for BEN. The scheme has also enabled us to give presentations to hundreds of automotive employees, to ensure that they’re aware of the support services available to them and their family in time of need. We would like to thank everyone involved for making all the difference. BEN would like to take this
The scheme has enabled us to give presentation s to hundreds of employees
opportunity to thank all the companies that support us by running Payroll-Giving schemes, and send our sincere thanks to everyone that donates on a regular basis. Your generosity has raised £818,247 in total during the past 12 months.
DOES YOUR COMPANY OFFER PAYROLL GIVING? Payroll Giving contributes 12p towards every £1 raised in voluntary income and this makes a significant contribution towards helping our less fortunate colleagues and their families from across the automotive industry. 6
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If you would like us to visit your company, please contact Paulette Cashman, National Development Manager on 01268 764781 or email email@example.com. uk. BEN has a representative near you who would be pleased to tell you more.
A MISSION TO CYCLE A simple bet between colleagues Bart Kenilvort and Sean Blackwell from Robins & Day in Maidstone, about who could cycle the furthest, escalated and inspired another 23 of their colleagues to participate in a bike ride from the dealership last October. Tracy Briens, BEN Regional Manager for the South saw them off and they cycled to Hastings Pier in Sussex. An arduous journey saw them cover some 33 miles on the day and together they raised £330 for BEN. Congratulations to everyone who took part. We bet you’ll do it again this year!
Thank you Our thanks go to Burnley and Blackburn Motor Traders Association, and in particular Jack Simpson, who raised £1,000 for BEN through a raffle and auction at their annual dinner dance last December. A special mention also goes to Bentley in Crewe which donated one of the auction items, a scale model of a racing car, which raised £130 to this total. Well done to all involved.
BEN fundraisers go all the way… to New York Trevor reaches the finish
ons Congratulati n the Trevor, who ra rathon New York Ma 310 and raised £ for BEN
Last November, Trevor Webb, a seasoned BEN runner and Dealer Principal at Cooper BMW & Mini, Thames Ditton, went miles further than expected for his fundraising effort. In fact he travelled 3,470 miles to participate in the New York Marathon and raised £310 for BEN in the process. Congratulations Trevor, we hope you enjoyed a well-earned rest.
BEN is always happy to hear from people who have secured their own place in running events and would like to support the charity. If you’d be interested in running for BEN, then please contact Adam Hanrahan at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01344 294719.
Well done, Jayar Components! Staff at Jayar Components helped out with some creative fundraising during December and January, and have presented BEN with a cheque for £5,065. Andy Buttfield, Director and
General Manager at Jayar, a wholesale company based in the South East, organised a raffle of iPods across company branches. He also arranged for BEN to receive a donation linked to the company’s Winter Offer to trade
customers during the two-month period. “This is a tremendous achievement over two months. We are really grateful to the company directors and all the staff that were behind this campaign,” says BEN Regional Manager Valerie Moore.
HONDA HELPS OUT Honda UK Used Car Operations held a golf day at Woburn last September and were kind enough to invite BEN Regional Manager Tracy Briens. During the day they ran a ‘Beat the Pro’ competition and at the celebration dinner that evening, made a collection, raising a fantastic £831.12. A huge thanks to Honda UK and all their guests for their support.
UK and a d n o H anks to port A huge th ests for their sup u all their g From left: Harry Cockton, Aylesbury Honda, Ian Seabrook, Drake & Fletcher Honda, Steve Mardindale, Head of Company Vehicle Operations at Honda UK, Alex Rodrigues, Slough Honda and Pro Golfer Dan
Our fantastic football championship
Thanks to eve ryone who took pa rt in this tournam ent, we raised a staggering £16,000.
Below: the AA Insurance team meet legendary England footballer Martin Peters
The two finalist teams, City Gateway and Mitchells Group, prepare to play in the UK final
Teams from across the UK battled it out during BEN’s five-a-side football championships last year, raising a staggering £16,000 across the year. Over 100 teams took part across six heats to win a coveted place in the final, held in Birmingham last August. The day’s tournament was hotly contested but the team from City Gateway emerged victorious. Thank you to all who took part. The Championship is being held again this summer, and the regional heats will be held at Gateshead, Manchester, Glasgow and Slough on Sunday 24 June and at Liverpool, Fairlop Oaks, Sheffield, Birmingham and Nottingham on Sunday 1 July. To get in on the act, book your place now – contact Adam Hanrahan via email: email@example.com or on 01344 294719.
GIVE AN OLD PHONE A NEW HOME Each year millions of us get an upgrade on our mobile phone and simply throw the old one in the drawer and forget about it. Soon you have three or four and you’re not sure how to dispose of them. BEN has teamed up with Unipart logistics to offer a way to get rid of them while helping your charity. 8
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New legislation means you can’t just throw them in the bin. Did you know mobile phones take around 1,000 years to decompose? Now you can recycle your phone through Unipart. It will either be disposed of in a safe manner, salvaging any reusable parts, or refurbished and sold to
emerging markets in the third world at an affordable price. On top of this, Unipart will donate £3 to BEN for each phone they receive. It couldn’t be simpler – just place your phone in the freepost envelope provided and pop it in the post box. If you have more than one phone and would like more
A fitting tribute for one of BEN’s stars BEN’s Director of Care Jenny Brown unveiled a statue and water feature in the grounds of Birch Hill in February, in memory of Kathy Bartell, who died on 20 March 2006. Kathy’s family, friends and colleagues were also invited to a service of dedication. Kathy joined BEN in 1984 and was soon promoted to Assistant Matron, and was soon also made training officer. Kathy was well known and respected throughout BEN for her warm personality and sense of humour that she used to great effect, making training very entertaining. Kathy reached her goal and
became Matron at her beloved Birch Hill in January 2006. She was looking forward to continuing her work, but was sadly diagnosed with cancer just weeks after being appointed. Her strength, courage and humour kept everyone going during her brave battle. She passed away with her family around her.
wn ll kno e w s y wa pected Kath es her r and t BEN for y ghou nalit throu m perso f eo war sens d n a our hum No one deserves this memorial more than Kathy. She was quite simply, the best.
DEBBIE’S DRIVING FORCE Debbie Houston has joined the BEN team as a Volunteer, helping Regional Manager for North West and Ireland, Helen Lace, with additional support. By day, Debbie is the Personal Assistant to the Chairman of the Caledonia Motor Group and has more than 12 years’ motor industry experience and a wealth of organisational and creative skills. envelopes then please contact Marketing and Communications on 01344 294750 and they will be happy to send as many as you need. Why not pass them to friends and family? Together we can clear out those drawers!
BEN Volunteer Debbie Houston
Despite her full time job, Debbie is giving some of her spare time to BEN. This year she is organising many additional fundraising activities and is actively seeking other volunteers to give a few hours of their time to help with events. “I hope my enthusiasm and skills can assist BEN in raising more awareness and increased funding to help those in the motor industry,” she says. If you can spare some time to help in the North West, please call Helen Lace on 0161 969 7558.
The dive of your life When we introduced skydiving as a fundraising activity 18 months ago, we ing had no idea we re look l a e W had so many re thril adventurous for mo s to supporters! So far, seeker rt a more than100 take p adrenaline-fuelled BEN lovers have worn their heart on their sleeve, and chucked themselves out of a plane to raise more than £24,000 for their charity. Given the success of the challenge, we are looking for more thrill seekers to take part this year. So if your life is feeling a little flat and you need something to blow away the cobwebs, then this could be for you. Better still, if you raise the minimum sponsorship of £395 (depending on the type of jump you choose) then you can do it for free!
If you’re interested in joining this elite group of supporters, then please contact Adam Hanrahan via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01344 294719.
Phil bowls us over Once again Phil Burke, North West Volunteer extraordinaire, has outdone himself by raising £935 by organising an annual bowling challenge.
The winning team from Jaguar Land Rover Halewood – Ritchie Edwards is holding the shield, surrounded by team mates Dave Attwood, Peter Casey, Shaun Deane, Phil Gornall and Wayne Owen
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Thank you to everyone involved, especially Phil.
Nineteen teams battled it out at the Liverpool Hollywood Bowl in October to become the 2006 champions. This was the largest number of teams that have entered to date, and is testament to the popularity of the event. For the sixth year running Jaguar Halewood emerged victorious, but a special mention should also go to the team from Arnold Clark Sefton Street, for being such good sports, joining in the fun and going home with the wooden spoon! Thank you to everyone involved, especially Phil.
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Have a heart – celebrate National BEN Week in July
We have linked up with the SCSA (Stock Car Speed Association) and have a branded car racing in the V8 Trophy series to raise money for our charity.The car is the UK version of the American NASCAR as seen in the film Days Of Thunder and will be racing at average speeds of 150MPH at the High speed Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby, Northamptonshire where spectators are able to see all the action on the whole circuit from any of the 55,000 grandstand seats. There are 2 SCSA races with another 6 supporting races on each day. Sunday April 29th June 24th, July 22nd, August 19th and September 16th. To Leicester
Why not have some fun and raise money for BEN at the same time, during National BEN Week from 16-22 July? The choice is yours, so whether you wax your legs, sit in a custard bath or have an office chair race – just have a laugh and get your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you. If you’re interested in finding out more, or would like a fundraising pack, email Laura Redman via email@example.com or call 01344 294714.
We have a deal with the promoters so you can purchase advance tickets at a reduced price and with a percentage coming back to the charity you will not only get a day' s exciting entertainment but will also be helping to raise money for a good cause. Tickets are just £10 plus booking fee (£15 on the day) with under 15s admitted free. Tickets are available for June 24th by calling the 24 hour ticket hotline on, 0870 735 5000 and quoting the reference BEN so we know that you are one of ours – or online at:
http://www.seetickets.com/bookingsdirect/?show=brscc&filler2=motor SCSA RACING • KEEPING IT REAL • KEEPING IT OVAL
WIN a HarleyDavidson
Have you dreamt of owning a HarleyDavidson, but thought you’d never have the opportunity? Well here’s your chance to cruise away on a new XL883 Sportster (r), thanks to a kind donation by Harley-Davidson Europe.
It couldn’t be easier to enter our National Bike Draw, as we’ve included a book of tickets with this issue of BEN News. Priced at just £2 each, it could be the best couple of quid you ever spend. To enter, simply fill in the counterfoil on the ticket and send it, along with the cost of entry, to the address stated. Why not buy one yourself and sell the rest to friends and family? This could maximise your chances of knowing the
WINNERS Congratulations go to Nick Hare from Oxford, who won a Seat Ibiza 1.8 20V T FR 150PS in last year’s National Car Draw, and Chris Bailey, who was the lucky winner of the Honda VFR800 in the 2006 National Bike Draw.
winner. If you can sell more, or want to improve your chances of winning, you can order more tickets by emailing Laura Redman at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01344 294714. This year’s draw will take place at the International Motorcycle and Scooter Show 2007 on Sunday 2 December at the NEC, Birmingham. You’ve got to be in it to win it, so grab those tickets while you can!
Best of luck!
KNEES-UP OVER THE BORDER BEN receives strong support from our Scottish automotive colleagues and everyone knows they love a good party, so it will come as no surprise that when they combine their love of BEN with a good kneesup, it’s a resounding success. 12
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Each year the BEN Scotland Committee stages a Scottish BEN Ball, and this year it was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow on Saturday 3 March. Guests enjoyed a night of outstanding food, excellent music and a drink or two. As if that wasn’t enough, when the clock struck 12 everyone tucked into bacon butties! Thanks to the generosity of everyone involved, this year’s event broke all records, and raised a staggering £39,500. Next year’s shindig takes place on Saturday 8 March 2008, so if you’re interested in joining in, please call Maureen Lynch on 0131 331 5510.