Not on the list: Ben Ball joins 2020 cancelled events

Published:  10 July, 2020

The Ben Ball is the latest industry bash to be cancelled in the wake of COVID-19. The annual pre-yuletide event won’t be taking place this year for the first time since World War II, contributing to a potential income shortfall of £1m for Ben this year.

Matt Wigginton, Fundraising Director at Ben, said: “Making the decision to cancel Ben Ball is one of the hardest I've ever had to make, however with the uncertainty of the situation surrounding COVID-19 and the impact it has had on our industry, it was, unfortunately, inevitable.

“We are living through unprecedented times and this means making tough decisions, but also being adaptable, so we plan to run a virtual fundraising event on 9th December instead, which we hope our industry will get involved in. So, watch this space, we’ll reveal more in the coming months!”

Matt added: “We would also like to take this opportunity to give our heartfelt thanks to those who have continued to support Ben during this time - your support is more valuable now than ever before. We look forward to seeing friends, old and new, at next year’s event!”

The IAAF Conference and Dinner, also scheduled to take place in December was also called off for 2020 recently.

A IAAF statement said: “It was felt that to plan for such a large event, given that restrictions are only being lifted very slowly, would be foolhardy, and it has been decided not to go ahead.”

However, the IAAF is trying to re-create an alternate event for Thursday 3 December, possibly with some of the members being able to attend in person. The IAAF will make an announcement later in the year with more details.

The GEA Annual Dinner, scheduled for Tuesday 28 April was an early victim of the virus. Meanwhile, for those who were looking to spread their wings in September, international automotive trade show Automechanika Frankfurt has also been called off.

The IMI Centenary Dinner, held in March, was one of the last live events to take place before lockdown was imposed.

Meanwhile, the NTDA Tyre Industry Conference, Annual Dinner and Tyre Industry Awards, scheduled to be taking place on Thursday 5 November, is still going ahead.

A number of other events, including the RMI Annual Dinner which normally takes place in October, and the SMMT Annual Dinner, held each November,  have still not been officially announced.

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