21 Jun 2024
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Race Across Britain raises over £100,000 so far for Ben

Ben’s epic new fundraising challenge, inspired by TV series ‘Race Across the World’ and supported by LKQ Euro Car Parts, has raised over £100,000 so far for the automotive industry charity.

From 26-28 February, 27 teams of two travelled from the starting point, LKQ Academy in Tamworth, to six different checkpoints including some major landmarks, Angel of the North, Blackpool North Pier and The London Eye.

Companies with teams in the race included LKQ Euro Car Parts, Alliance Automotive Group, Group 1 Automotive, Vendi, ClickMechanic, Automotion Events /Lawgistics, eStar Truck and Van, Hella, Messe Frankfurt UK, Compact Car Centre, Walsall Wood Tyre & Service, Autotech Recruit, Rhino Group and GSF Car Parts.

The joint winners who finished first, from LKQ Euro Car Parts: ‘The Mavericks’, Tony Shearer and Andy Southby, and ‘Skint Sprint Squad’, Chris O’Rourke and Melanie Lowe.

There were strict rules such as no smart phones, no planes and no plans so participants were tested to the max, covering around 1,300 miles using only public transport or by walking, running and cycling. They also had a strict budget to cover food, travel and accommodation and checkpoints were kept secret until just before they needed to leave so they couldn’t plan or pre-book.

One team got an overnight bus from Blackpool to the London Eye and there were different tasks to complete including VR car spraying at LKQ Tamworth and finding Ben Bears hidden at LKQ Glasgow.

Matt Wigginton, Director of Partnerships, Engagement and Income said: “We’ve been blown away by the success of this event and it was frenetic, exciting, challenging and so much fun! Our participants did incredibly well to complete the challenge and huge congratulations to our two winning teams from LKQ Euro Car Parts who made it to the finish line first, you’re amazing!

 “Thanks so much to everyone who has taken part and donated to the challenge – we’re now calling for final donations.”

Kevan Wooden, Group Chief Executive Officer at LKQ UK and Ireland, added: “It’s been remarkable to see so many colleagues from across the industry come together like this. Both customers and competitors alike have had fun, but more importantly, raised crucial funds for the vital work Ben does. I couldn’t be prouder. See you next year?”

Ben is still looking for final donations. To donate, go to: https://giving.ben.org.uk/pf/bens-race-across-britain