Ben announces Industry Leader Challenge: The Climb to take place October/November

Published:  19 May, 2021

Ben’s 2021 Industry Leader Challenge (ILC) fundraiser The Climb takes place 30 October – 8 November and will see a number of automotive industry company leaders climb Mount Kilimanjaro in order to raise £300,000. The charity says this year’s ILC is the biggest yet.

The ILC challengers confirmed for The Climb so far are as follows:

● LKQ Euro Car Parts          Andy Hamilton and Anthony McAteer
● Marshall Motor Group       Adrian Wallington and Clive McGregor
● Haymarket                      Rachael Prasher and Jim Holder
● Partners& and Lawgistics  Leon Bosch and Joel Combes
● JCT600                            John Tordoff and Andy Bateman

Three leaders from Ben will also be taking part in The Climb: Matt Wigginton, Director of Partnerships, Engagement and Income ; Zara Ross, Chief Executive and Rachel Clift, Health and Wellbeing Director.

Each team has a target to raise a minimum of £50,000 by March 2022, through a range of fundraising events and activities.

In six days, from 1 - 6 November, the ILC challengers will climb Kili, the highest free-standing mountain on earth, which is 5,895m tall. The challengers will trek and climb through five climate zones, ranging from rainforest to alpine desert and glacial Arctic. The challenge was due to take place in October 2020, but was postponed due to COVID-19.


Matt Wigginton said: “We are so excited to reach the snow-capped summit of Mount Kilimanjaro with some of the most intrepid leaders in our industry. All money raised through this challenge will help Ben provide much-needed support to those in our industry who are tackling their own personal mountains in life, especially right now.”

The challenge is inspired by Sarah Sillars OBE, who took on Mount Kilimanjaro over 10 years ago, raising an incredible £38,000 for Ben.

After completing a challenge of their choice, either with a team or alone, the challenger then hands the baton over to another industry leader for the following year.

Ben is inviting more automotive leaders and aspiring leaders to come forward and take part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Those who are interested in taking part in The Climb can get in touch with, Matt Wigginton, for more information: matt.wigginton@ben.org.uk. Spaces are now limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.


To show support and donate visit: https://giving.ben.org.uk/pf/ilc2021-theclimb-555ae

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