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Ben offers support to those facing financial crisis this Christmas

By autotech-nic on December 13, 2022

Automotive charity Ben has launched a Christmas families project to support individuals and their families who are in financial difficulty or urgent need.

In the past year, Ben has supported 182 families who were struggling to afford food or heating their homes and another 64 households who would have otherwise become homeless.

The charity says it is also a sad reality that some automotive families wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford a Christmas present for their children, so Ben is providing support to make sure that no child goes without.

It’s estimated that 1 in 3 children in the UK are living in households where parents are struggling to meet the rising cost of living and priority bills. The cost-of-living crisis is taking its toll on the automotive community and our industry has been one of the hardest hit by the instability of recent years following Brexit, the pandemic and the global parts shortage.

“Times are really tough right now and people are struggling to make ends meet. We want everyone in the automotive industry to know that Ben is here for them if they find themselves in a difficult situation financially. We are already supporting many individuals and families who otherwise would have had to make the impossible choice of heating or eating. We want to make sure we support as many people as possible so no-one in our industry has to go without this Christmas.”

Rachel Clift, Health & Wellbeing Director at Ben

Rachel continues: “Individuals are being pushed to the edge with the current rising cost of living, which is having a knock-on effect on children and families. Ben is here for our industry people this Christmas so if you work, or have worked, in the automotive industry we urge you to get in touch now if you’re at breaking point via our free and confidential helpline.”

Don’t suffer in silence, contact Ben’s helpline on 08081 311 333 or use the webchat at www.ben.org.uk. You can also access Ben’s out of hours text support line by texting BEN to 58258. Gain access to many self-help resources at www.ben.org.uk/christmas.

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