Ben’s Big Breakfast

Ben is encouraging automotive people to set themselves up with the most important meal of the day and get together with others over a cuppa and breakfast butty. The event runs for a week, starting on 4th October and ending on 10th October. As World Mental Health Day is the finale of the week-long event, the focus is also on opening up, talking about mental health, connecting with others and sharing experiences.

Host a breakfast any day during that week and bring, make and sell breakfast to raise money to support Ben’s work in the industry. Those hosting Ben’s Big Breakfast can also raffle a Ben bear to fundraise.

To find out more and sign up, click here

Hats on for mental health day!

“As employers, colleagues and friends, we need to watch out for each other; know what to look out for and what to do if we come across mental health issues.”


We’ve all had our low days but one four of us will experience more serious mental health issues in any given year. As employers, colleagues and friends, we need to watch out for each other; know what to look for and what to do if we come across it. 

In recognition of this, presenter of TV Show Wheeler Dealers, Mike Brewer has joined forces with automotive industry charity BEN as a celebrity ambassador. He’d like you to join him in having a bit of workshop fun, while raising much needed funds to support motor industry colleagues through the toughest of times, to come out safely on the other side.

BEN is there to support anyone in, or connected with, the motor industry. That includes me and you. BEN’s Hats on 4 Mental Health Day, on 13th October 2017, is hoped to top last year’s £13,000 donations total. If every reader supports this initiative, so many more colleagues and friends could be helped.

Screen Shot 2017-09-26 at 19.15.06The day is part of Ben’s wider mental health campaign during October to December and spotlights how mental health can affect anyone, at any time. The campaign is particularly relevant as recent research shows two thirds of British adults say they have experienced mental ill-health at some point in their lives, according to the Mental Health Foundation. In an industry which has a workforce of over 800,000 people, that’s over 500,000 people potentially affected by mental health challenges!

Says Mike, “We’re calling upon you to get involved in Hats on 4 Mental Health Day because we need your support to raise awareness about such a worthy cause. Let’s keep talking about mental health to help prevent people from suffering in silence. So what are you waiting for? Sign up now and get involved. Raise your hats, raise awareness and raise some funds for Ben!”

• Visit to sign up and download tools and resources

• Wear a hat to work on 13th October

• Take a photo and post to social media using #HatsOn4MentalHealth

• Donate £1 to Ben.

And for employers:

Early intervention can really help on a personal and business level. Take a look at these free tools to support your staff in the ‘Toolkit’ on