Marshall and JCT600 leaders full ‘powerful and emotional’ Kilimanjaro climb for Ben


Automotive retail group leaders from JCT600 and Marshall Motor Group have efficiently accomplished their trek up Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of the automotive charity Ben.

JCT600 director of buyer expertise Andy Bateman teamed-up with Vauxhall Bradford dealership supervisor James Tordoff as Marshall business improvement director Adrian Wallington and franchise director Clive McGregor took on the epic seven-day expedition as a part of a £300,000 sponsorship drive.

And the staff at this time (November 28) celebrated success forward of a return flight to the UK.

Taking to Twitter to share his ideas, Marshall’s Wallington mentioned: “We’re all now safely down with few hours relaxation earlier than our flight residence to see our households. It’s been a tricky and emotional seven days so please take a second to donate.”

Paying tribute to people who helped Ben’s staff of automotive leaders to the highest of Kilimanjaro, Wallington added: “We solely all made it to the summit as a result of we’re a staff and the assist of our unbelievable Tanzanian information staff.”

Ben’s trek, a part of the charity’s annual Industry Leader Challenge (ILC) initiative, was originally scheduled to take place in 2020, however was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A complete of 15 groups sort out warmth, freezing temperatures and the consequences of altitude as they trekked over 90km and climbed 5,895m to finish the problem, which acquired underway on November 21.

Among the many different who befell have been:

  • Ben – Zara Ross, Matt Wigginton, and Rachel Clift
  • Companions& and Lawgistics – Leon Bosch and Joel Combes
  • Hella – Neil Grant and Spencer Grinham
  • LKQ Euro Automotive Elements – Andy Hamilton and Anthony McAteer
  • Haymarket – Rachael Prasher and Jim Holder

This week Ben launched its 2022 Well being & Wellbeing survey in a bid to tailor its assist for automotive sector workers in 2023.

The automotive sector charity is asking individuals to share their expertise of challenges they’ve skilled over the previous 12 months by finishing the 10-minute survey.

It comes as automotive retail bosses throughout the UK deal with the well being and wellbeing of workers battling with pressures on their family funds alongside the sector’s personal overhead pressures, alongside car and components provide points.

Rachel Clift, Ben health and wellbeing directorRachel Clift, well being and wellbeing director at Ben, mentioned: “Our Well being & Wellbeing survey is essential because it offers us an summary of what’s actually occurring within the automotive neighborhood, and permits us to focus our efforts on serving to individuals in the precise method with the precise sources.

“We depend on this data to make sure assist is attending to individuals who want it essentially the most. It additionally permits us to develop our services in keeping with this fast-changing business panorama.”

Final 12 months’s Ben Well being & Wellbeing survey indicated that:

  • 94% of automotive staff have been personally affected by a well being and wellbeing problem over the 12-month interval
  • Stress was the commonest problem within the 2021 survey, adopted by nervousness and poor sleep
  • One-in-three (32%) of these surveyed sought out assist with their well being and wellbeing from a colleague, supervisor or HR
  • Nervousness and despair points stay extra frequent within the automotive business than in the remainder of the UK working inhabitants
  • 60% of automotive staff are comfortable of their jobs

Clift mentioned: “We wish to encourage as many individuals as doable to participate on this 12 months’s survey. It’s going to assist us to get a greater understanding of how persons are feeling proper now, and, in flip, that allows us to get the absolute best assist to as many individuals as we will.

“Simply 10 minutes of your time will make an enormous distinction to our analysis, and finally to the well being and wellbeing of our automotive neighborhood.”

As explored within the October version of AM Journal, automotive retailers throughout the UK have been wrestling with the most effective technique to assist workers meet the challenges of the price of dwelling disaster in current months.

Final week Livingstone Motor Group managing director Andrew Iveson issued Amazon vouchers to his complete workforce in a bid to ease the Christmas spending burden on the automotive retail enterprise’ workers.

Sandicliffe handed out a £500 one-off payment, whereas Mitchell Motor Group managing director Mark Mitchell informed the recently-published 2022 AM100 report that it had issued a £1,000 to all its workers.

Ben’s assist to automotive workers is free and confidential. Anybody in want of assist can name its helpline on 08081 311 333 use its webchat service at

Out of hours textual content assist will also be accessed by texting BEN to 58258.


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