Sytner donates £40,000 to motor industry charity Ben

Sytner has donated £40,000 to Ben, the largest single sum it has ever made to the automotive charity.

Ben is under pressure in the pandemic, caught between  a £1m shortfall in funds and a 52% increase in demand for its services.

In 2020 it launched an appeal for funds and has just announced a new virtual fundraising challenge for 2021 called “Breakout for Ben”.

Sytner, which has supported Ben for 27 years, will be encouraging its staff to sign up to the new fundraising venture.

In keeping with social distancing guidelines, the £40,000 donation was unveiled to a representative of Ben on Zoom.

Matt Wigginton, fundraising director at Ben, said: “We can’t begin to thank Sytner enough for their support over the years, including this latest donation, which is very generous.

“Sytner’s donation also represents a key milestone as it has taken us over the halfway point on our road to £1m, to address the income shortfall that the charity faced in 2020.”

Melvin Rogers, director of human resources at Sytner Group, said: “The health and wellbeing of our colleagues is of the upmost importance and we’re pleased that our donation will allow Ben to continue the fantastic support that they offer to everyone within Sytner and the wider automotive industry.

“This year has been especially tough for colleagues, so the services that Ben offer are now even more vital than ever. We’re proud to continue our support of Ben and that our donation was able to push them over their target at a time they need it most.”