Hats on 4 Ben supports mental health through COVID-19 and beyond

Published:  06 May, 2020

Automotive industry charity Ben has announced that this year’s Hats on 4 Ben is taking place during Mental Health Awareness Week from 18 - 24 May, and will be a virtual event for 2020.

With over 80% of the automotive industry currently furloughed or working from home, this year’s Hats on 4 Ben campaign will be entirely digital, taking place on social media using #HatsOn4Ben.

Since launching in 2015, the automotive industry has raised over £50,000 through Hats on 4 Ben, supporting hundreds of people with mental health issues.

To take part in Hats on 4 Ben, Ben is asking people to do three simple things:

1. Make / wear a hat, share a selfie on social & tag #HatsOn4Ben 2. Tag 5 family members or friends to do the same 3. Text HATS to 70480 & donate £5 (if you can afford it) to help us provide mental health support in our industry

Matt Wigginton, Fundraising Director at Ben, said: “We’re really excited to be running Hats on 4 Ben during Mental Health Awareness Week. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of mental health in our industry and vital funds so we can support those who are struggling.

“It’s a tough time for many people, so we think Hats on 4 Ben is the perfect way to bring our automotive community together and do something fun, positive and charitable, with the whole family! The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 is ‘Kindness’, which we thought was very fitting. Being kind to ourselves, as well as to others, is crucial right now.”

Matt added: “We expect the demand for our mental health support to continue increasing as the full effects of the Coronavirus pandemic are felt. Many people are concerned about what the future holds and how it will affect them.”

For more information about Hats on 4 Ben, visit www.hatson4ben.co.uk

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