Update from our CEO
Welcome to our final Impact Update of 2016. It was a momentous quarter for our organisation, with the launch of our new brand identity, website and our first ever national fundraising campaign – Hats on 4 Mental Health.
We launched our mental health and wellbeing campaign in October, which was very well supported by you, our industry. As you might know, one in three people will experience mental health problems at work, which means over 260,000 people in the automotive industry will face these challenges at some point in their lives. As a direct result of our campaign we saw a 50% increase in the number of people seeking our support with mental health issues. Your participation in the campaign raised over £11,000 which will be invested in our services to help people in our industry.
The Ben Ball took place in December and was attended by over 850 guests and raised a fantastic £204,000. At the event we announced 2017’s Industry Leader Challenge. Jeremy Hicks, MD of Jaguar Land Rover UK, and a team of 12 intrepid swimmers will cross the English Channel to raise funds for Ben. This follows on from Marshall Motor Holdings CEO Daksh Gupta’s skydive last year, which raised £151,000. We wish Jeremy and his team the best of luck with their training and would like to thank them wholeheartedly for their support.
Throughout the quarter we were extremely grateful for all the support we received from you, our automotive industry. Thank you to everyone who got involved, donated and raised awareness of our work. It’s because of you that we can carry on providing vital support services to colleagues working in the automotive industry.
Chief Executive Officer
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At the Ben Ball 2016 we announced the new Industry Leader Challenge – Jeremy Hicks, MD of Jaguar Land Rover UK. Jeremy will be swimming the English Channel, along with 11 of his colleagues in a two team relay in August 2017. This will be directly supporting our physical health and wellbeing campaign. Find out more by clicking here.