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Real-life stories

Real-life stories

Welcome to our real-life stories page. These personal stories will show you how Ben’s work has impacted the lives of automotive industry people who had been going through tough times and needed somewhere to turn. By watching these stories, you’ll see first-hand how we provide support for life and how our work is life-changing.

Dan struggled to cope after losing three family members

Dan was left devastated after losing his partner of 15 years, his grandma and his dad within 18 months. Dan was under extreme stress, his mental health was suffering and he was struggling to cope with the grief of losing three of his loved ones. It was then he admitted he needed help.

Sarah’s story about how grief affected her mental health

In this short film, Sarah bravely tells her story about how Ben supported her with her mental health after she lost both of her parents in just 18 months. After her parents died, Sarah was told to leave her family council home, her relationship broke down and couldn’t cope on her own anymore. A compelling, emotional story which is well worth a watch.

Dave struggled to pay for food after a back injury

This short film tells the story of Dave who seriously damaged his lower back after a fall and had to be signed off from work. Not only was Dave in extreme physical pain but, when his sick pay stopped, he couldn’t afford to put food on the table. Dave was constantly worrying about his finances and became depressed when he couldn’t afford to travel to see his children. He ‘hit a brick wall’ and desperately needed somewhere to turn.

Our helpline team share heart-breaking story

Alison on our helpline team shares a harrowing story about a family who went through the toughest period of their lives at Christmas time. Alison explains how our helpline team supported this family who were away from home and felt completely alone, dealing with something no family should have to go through.