● Automotive charity asks the industry to get behind new virtual challenges – Formula Ben
● The first virtual challenge, Formula Ben Silverstone VGP, will raise vital funds for the charity
● Ben needs the industry’s support to help automotive people get back on track
Automotive industry charity, Ben, is launching its first ever series of virtual challenges. The first is Formula Ben Silverstone VGP, which starts on 2nd August and is inspired by the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. After the last few months of uncertainty, the Formula Ben Silverstone VGP will help automotive people get back on track, funding vital support which is needed now more than ever.
To take part, each participant needs to complete the length of the Grand Prix, a total of 190 miles, by exercising in their own way to raise vital funds for Ben. Participants choose how they complete the challenge, by walking, cycling, running, swimming, or even by playing basketball, wrestling, trampolining – or a mixture of whatever they like! There is a whole list of activities to choose from, click here to find out more.
Participants have 8 weeks to complete the challenge which ends on 30th September. Those taking part will also be able to see their location on the Silverstone circuit and track their progress as they complete the 52 laps of the British Grand Prix.
Find out more and sign up for Formula Ben Silverstone VGP here https://ben.org.uk/bringiton4ben/ve/formula-ben-silverstone-vgp/
Registration costs £15 per person and each participant will receive a Ben T-shirt. On registration, participants can download an app, link to their fitness tracking device and join the leaderboard for some healthy competition!
As well as raising vital funds to support automotive people, the Formula Ben Silverstone VGP also aims to help people improve their physical and mental health & wellbeing during this challenging time. In addition, taking part in the challenge offers people the opportunity to connect with others and be involved in something fun, while supporting Ben to help automotive people get back on track for good.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of Ben’s fundraising initiatives have been cancelled, including Ben Ball, leaving the charity with an anticipated £1m income shortfall this year. Therefore, this new approach to fundraising is Ben’s way of adapting to the situation, with more virtual fundraising events set to take place throughout 2020.
Matt Wigginton, Fundraising Director at Ben, said: “Formula Ben Silverstone VGP is a fantastic way to have fun and raise money so we can continue providing life-changing support for automotive people – which is needed now more than ever! We’re supporting more and more people with their health and wellbeing during this challenging time, so we need to make sure we can help them get back on track, which we can only do by continuing to fundraise.
“We hope you’ll be part of something amazing and Bring It On 4 Ben by getting involved! Thank you for your support and I can’t wait to see how you choose to complete Formula Ben Silverstone VGP.”
Autotechnician magazine is Bringing It On 4 Ben!
Autotechnician Editor Nicola St Clair has signed up for the challenge, if you can spare a couple of pounds, she’d be very grateful! Please donate here: https://giving.ben.org.uk/pf/nicola-st-clair
Ben is the charity dedicated to supporting the people of the automotive industry, providing support for life for them and their family dependents.