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Industry leader challenge: The Climb

The latest Industry Leader Challenge (ILC) will be Ben’s biggest yet… a group of six teams from well-known automotive businesses will take on The Climb – to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro next year! 

Each intrepid industry leader, along with a future leader from each company, will climb one of the world’s most iconic peaks, over a period of just 10 days. Each team is fundraising throughout 2021 aiming to raise a total of £300,000 which would be an ILC fundraising record! Due to current travel restrictions, it’s hoped that the event will now take place in February 2022. 

Here are the ILC challengers:

  • Hella: Neil Grant and Spencer Grinham
  • 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: Zara Ross, Chief Executive, Matt Wigginton, Director of Partnerships, Engagement & Income and Rachel Clift, Health & Wellbeing Director.

Our industry leader challengers will climb the highest free-standing mountain on earth, which is a total of 5,895 metres tall. They will battle through 90km of extreme trekking, freezing temperatures, high altitude, brutal ascents and severe weather. Tackling such a hostile environment will be physically demanding, mentally challenging, but will fundraise to provide life-changing support for automotive industry people who need it the most.

The industry leaders have already been tackling some tough challenges as part of their busy training regime. By the end of 2021, they will have conquered a huge 1,509km and a height gain of 92,508m, which will total over 2million steps – equivalent to climbing Kilimanjaro almost 16 times!

This challenge was chosen to represent that everyone has their own mountain to climb at some point in their life – no matter who they are, what they do, or where they come from.

Fundraising update
For the latest fundraising update, you can visit our fundraising page

You can also read more about our previous ILC challenges here.